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Dawn raids on 40 London addresses as police seize weapons and drugs

Police seized guns, drugs and £50,000 in cash as they raided 40 addresses in south London.

The early-morning operation targeting drug gangs saw 25 suspects arrested and 40 properties searched in Croydon, Wandsworth and Lewisham.

These included seven commercial sites that were raided in South Norwood High Street.

Stun gun seized during early morning raids

The 25 suspects were arrested on suspicion of various crimes including possession of firearms, possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply, and handling stolen goods.

Officers seized £50,000 in cash, class A and B drugs, as well as guns and a stun gun.

Cash found during raids

This morning's operation is the culmination of an 18-month investigation by my officers. We have worked tirelessly to identify those believed to be involved in gang activity, supply of firearms, drug supply and violence across the south of London.

– Detective Chief Inspector Dan O'Sullivan, Met Police
Hand gun found by officers

We are working tirelessly, day and night, to identify and pursue offenders, help bring perpetrators to justice, take weapons off the street, support victims, engage and reassure the public, and keep our communities safe, and we are making progress.

Some significant areas of violence are down, we are seeing reductions in certain crime types including knife-related injuries and homicide, but we know this is little comfort to the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones or whose lives have been devastated by violence in some way.

We remain utterly committed to tackling and preventing violence.

– Detective Chief Inspector Dan O'Sullivan, Met Police