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Gangs from London boroughs are increasingly "spreading their wings" to seek markets for drugs in other parts of the country, a Metropolitan Police officer has warned.
The warning came a day after co-ordinated raids in the Thames Valley, Edinburgh, Essex, Bedfordshire and London in which 29 people were arrested in an operation targeting the south London-based GAS gang.
But the senior officer who speaks on gangs for the Association of Chief Police Officers said "significant headway" was being made in dealing with gang-related crime, with a decrease in gun and knife crime.
Deputy Chief Constable David Thompson of West Midlands Police told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that gangs had always relocated in search of opportunities to make money or in response to pressure from police on their home turf.
- Nine of the London raids took place in Lambeth, one in Southwark, one in Hackney and another in Brent
- The operation targeted what are believed to be "the most senior ranking high harm members" of the gang
- So far they have found 300 rocks of crack cocaine, a large amount of heroin and £5,000 in cash
A total of 29 arrests were made in 24 hours. The raids were the latest phase of a police crackdown on the so-called GAS gang - which is based in Lambeth - that has seen a total of 88 arrests.
A notorious gang has been targeted in a series of early morning raids across the UK. Classed as one of the most high harm criminal networks in London, the Guns and Shanks group is involved in drug dealing and serious violence including attempted murder.
Police carried out a series of early morning raids today, including 12 warrants in London and another 11 elsewhere - including two in the Thames Valley, one in Essex, one in Bedfordshire and two in Scotland.