Police start armed patrols in London’s gang crime hotspots

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Scotland Yard is deploying armed patrols in gang crime neighbourhoods this week in a tough crackdown on youth violence.

Marksmen in armed response vehicles are being targeted to wards with high gang tensions and the highest number of gun discharges in the capital.

The move is part of a week long initiative to tackle a surge in gun discharges and gang crime offences in London.

Police say they are carrying out weapon sweeps, intelligence led stop operations and “directed patrols” by armed response vehicles.

Trident gang crime officers are also carrying out search warrants on gun crime suspects and using ANPR cameras to target criminals.

So far this week police have seized eight firearms, including two handguns and three sawn-off shotguns, four knives, two swords, 11 kilos of cocaine, three kilos of cannabis, one kilo of MDMA, four kilos of crack cocaine and heroin with a street value of £250,000.

Eight people have been arrested.

Detectives say Operation Kestrel is an extension of an earlier initiative launched against knife crime in June which has resulted in 6,000 arrests and led to 1,000 knives being seized.

The move comes amid concern about the number of teenage homicides in London this year and a resurgence in gang activity.

In another drive against firearms in the week after the Paris atrocity, police seized 17 guns – including a fully loaded Mac-10 machine gun found hidden in a house in north London, it was revealed today.

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Figures for the past 12 months show there were 349 gun discharges in London, compared to 303 in the same period the previous year, a rise of 15 per cent.

Police say the increase has declined from 22 per cent earlier in the year and include reports of heard gunshots as well as ‘non-lethal’ gun shots from weapons such as airguns.

The Stonebridge estate ward in Harlesden has recorded the highest number of gun discharges of wards in London.

Detective Chief Superintendent Kevin Southworth, in charge of the Trident and Area Crime Command, said : “This is a week of intensive activity to deter and disrupt criminals carrying firearms and to reassure the public that we are doing all we can. We are running this in tandem with a drive against knife crime.

“The whole point is to stop people hiding guns, this could be a life saved in the gang world or it could be a firearm laid down for an extremist operation.”

He added: “These will not be sweeping armed patrols but they are going to be intelligence led and targeted so we will go to areas which have the most number of discharges. “These are directed patrols and mean armed officers will be on hand if anything occurs but the prime aim is to deter. Villains recognise our armed response vehicles.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Kevin Southworth, in charge of the Trident and Area Crime Command, said : “This is a week of intensive activity to deter and disrupt criminals carrying firearms and to reassure the public that we are doing all we can. We are running this in tandem with a drive against knife crime.

“The whole point is to stop people hiding guns, this could be a life saved in the gang world or it could be a firearm laid down for an extremist operation.”

He added: “These will not be sweeping armed patrols but they are going to be intelligence led and targeted so we will go to areas which have the most number of discharges. “These are directed patrols and mean armed officers will be on hand if anything occurs but the prime aim is to deter. Villains recognise our armed response vehicles.”

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The Wire This Ain’t: Drug dealers jailed for gang rape of addict in Peckham….

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A gang of drug dealers from London have been convicted of the kidnap and rape of an addict who had run up a debt.

The 28 year old couldn’t repay 1000 pounds she owed so they held her captive in a flat in Peckham.

Bristol Crown court heard how in June 2007 the gang grabbed the woman and threw her into the back of a van.

She sold heroin and crack for them in Swindon but was kidnapped when she couldn’t repay her £1,000 debt.

She was driven to Reading and then to a flat in Peckham where she was held captive and repeatedly raped, tortured and threatened.

Her terrifying journey was traced by police from the defendants’ mobile phones.

The following day she was given more drugs to pedal and put on a train back to Swindon.

The gang will be sentenced in 3 weeks time

Christopher Vernon, 31, was found guilty of kidnapping, false imprisonment and three counts of rape.

Tunasho Chisanga, 29, was guilty of kidnapping, false imprisonment and two counts of rape.

Modele Adenekan, 22, and Shane Nevins, were both found guilty of kidnapping and false imprisonment.

Vernon and Nevins were also found guilty of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, which has been admitted by Chisanga, Adenekan and Ndidi.

(An extract from LBC bulletin)

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Violent drug dealers each jailed for a minimum of 37 years for the street gun death of innocent mother caught up in attack between gangs

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(Article taken from the Kilburn Times in 2014)

Three gangsters who shot dead an innocent nursery teacher with a submachine gun as she celebrated her 24th birthday have been jailed for a total of 111 years today.

Hitmen Hassan Hussain, 29, and Yassin James, 20, sprayed bullets at mother-of-one Sabrina Moss and her friends as they sheltered from the rain in their party dresses outside a bar.

Her friend Sabrina Gachette, also 24, was lucky to survive after being hit in the back with a sawn off shotgun during the attack on the high street in South Kilburn, northwest London.

The Moss family said Sabrina was ‘irreplaceable’ and that they could not express their grief.

Ms Gachette described herself as a ‘broken woman’ in a victim impact statement read to the court and said she still suffers from sleepless nights and panic attacks.

The two women were only hit because they were standing next to the intended targets – members of the South Kilburn Gang.

The attack was fuelled by a drugs-based turf war between Hussain and the SKG – also known as Family About Cash (FAC) or Money Making Family (MMF).

Getaway driver Martell Warren, 23, was also associated with the Kensal Green Boys (KGB), a gang which has been involved in a deadly tit-for-tat dispute with the SKG since 2007.

Hussain, James and Warren were sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 37 years for murder at the Old Bailey.

There was applause and cheering from the public gallery as the sentence was passed.

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Judge Stephen Kramer said: ‘You Hussain and James were armed with a Mac 10 machine gun and with a sawn-off shotgun.

‘Warren you had driven the gunmen to the scene knowing full well what was afoot.

‘You unleashed a volley of shots from the Mac 10 and shotgun and fired indiscriminately into the group.

‘Your real targets were members of the South Kilburn Gang who you knew to be there and intended to kill.

‘It was an intended execution in which an innocent victim was killed. Sabrina Moss was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

‘Despite prompt medical attention at the scene and in hospital, at 6.04am she was pronounced dead from wounds to her chest sustained in the shooting.

‘Sabrina Gachette sustained serious and nasty injuries. Pellets from the shotgun had pierced her body, 50 were found in her back.

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Drug dealer whose family were shot over spiralling debts is jailed

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A drug dealer whose family were shot over his spiralling debts was jailed for more than two years.

Karl Dures, 30, contacted police after his brother Craig was shot in the face and dad Karl snr blasted in the leg in Everton on April 2 last year.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that officers visited his home the next day and discovered nearly £500 of cocaine in his kitchen and more than £8,000 of amphetamines and a hydraulic drugs press in his garden shed.

Simon Berkson, prosecuting, said they found three tied bags containing 9.8g of cocaine on top of a cupboard and seven separate bags containing just over two grams.

In the shed was a 16.3g bag of amphetamines and another bag containing 786g.

Mr Berkson said: “In the shed was a hydraulic press of the type often used by drug dealers to compress powder such as cocaine and amphetamines.”

He said there was also evidence that Dures had been storing amphetamines in his freezer.

Dures was not at home but phoned police after his mum was arrested at the scene.

He admitted possession with intent to supply Class A and Class B drugs.

The court heard he had a number of previous convictions, but only one drugs matter as a youth.

Jason Smith, defending Dures, said police did not raid his house but were invited there after the “devastating attack”.

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Mr Smith said: “The whole family have co-operated fully with Merseyside Police for the past 12 months.

“This is a family who had their lives torn apart in April of last year because of serious injuries – life-threatening injuries.”

He said Dures had effectively brought the prosecution upon himself, which he argued was “exceptional mitigation”.

Mr Smith said: “He now lives away from this area, not by choice but because he has to.

“The threats made to him were genuine. The threats were carried out to members of his family and he lives daily with the fear that the next person to be shot will be him.”

He said his client would constantly have to “look over his shoulder” in jail.

Mr Smith said: “This defendant has genuine fear that if he is sent to custody it won’t be people who he owes a few hundred or a few thousand pounds after him, it will be those who organised the shooting of his brother and father, those who have labelled his family as grasses and informants, those who want justice to be done as they see it, to those who informed on friends and associates.”

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He said Dures started using cocaine recreationally but got into increasing debt to dealers.

The court heard Dures’ dad has been paying off his debts to ensure the family have “one less problem to worry about”.

Recorder Angus Withington said he appreciated the “profound effect” the incident had on Dures and the “heavy burden” he brought on his family.

But he said the crime was so serious that he must go to prison and jailed him for 28 months.

David Byron, 37, of Longfellow Close, Kirkby, was cleared of the attempted murder of Craig, wounding him with intent, and wounding Karl snr with intent, in March.

Following the trial, Judge Clement Goldstone, QC, demanded to know why “extremely compelling” evidence was not put to the jury.

Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Richardson, who heads the Matrix Serious Organised Crime (MSOC) unit, has ordered a review into the case.

(An extract from the Liverpool Echo 2015)

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