LOCAL — 28 July 2014

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The latest Operation Big Wing saw 23 arrests made in Brent and 17 in Harrow as the Metropolitan Police targeted key neighbourhood crimes and related offences.

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) carried out a large scale co-ordinated day of action in the capital on Thursday 24 July, targeting the MOPAC 7 key neighbourhood crimes – violence with injury, robbery, theft person, burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, theft from a motor vehicle and criminal damage – and other related offences.

The latest Operation Big Wing involved more than 4,800 officers, staff and MPS volunteers from across London’s 32 boroughs, Safer Transport Command and specialist units.

Officers made more than 689 arrests, across the full range of the key neighbourhood crimes and other related offences, including more than 100 arrests for drugs offences. 17 arrests were made in Harrow.

Over the course of the day more than 1,200 activities were conducted by officers and staff, with 240 warrants executed on premises across London.

Commander Steve Watson, leading yesterday’s operation, said: “The impressive results from Operation Big Wing demonstrate our unwavering commitment to driving down crime and its generators in London.

“We are here to serve the public, and today’s activity will act as a warning to those intent on breaking the law and engaging in criminal activity that we will do everything we can to stop them, and wherever possible put them before the courts to make London safer for our communities.”

Superintendent Robert Revill, Roads and Transport Policing Command said: “We work tirelessly everyday to keep the travelling public safe by targeting those who commit crime on the transport network. By carrying out joint operations such as Operation Big Wing, we send out a clear message that crime will not be tolerated anywhere in London.”

The MOPAC 7 key neighbourhood crimes – violence with injury, robbery, theft person, burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, theft from a motor vehicle and criminal damage – have reduced by 7.3% over the last financial year (just over 28,000 fewer offences) against a target to reduce these crimes by 5% during 2013/14.

The MPS is on course to achieve the 20% reduction required by the MOPAC Challenge by 2015/16, with a reduction to date of 13% against the baseline of 2011/12 – and 2 years to go. Overall, the MOPAC 7 key neighbourhood crimes are now at their lowest level for at least the last 8 years.

There have been reductions across six of the seven MOPAC 7 crime areas. Violence with injury is slightly up on last year by 852 more offences – an increase of 1.5%, although there has been a 4.3% reduction over two years. This can be attributed to domestic violence offences rather than street violence.

Crime overall continues to fall in London with over 46,500 fewer crimes committed during the last financial year.

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