There has been a zero tolerance crackdown on crime in east London. A man who did not have his dog on a lead and another who dropped a matchstick were both targetted.
Police took a no mercy approach to those breaking the law in Newham today.
Operation Ohio is a joint initiative between the Met and Newham Council to crack down on crime.
Marcus Powell went with the team on patrol.
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