Crime & the Law

Police raids in Southwark targeting drug and gang crime wave

Operation Whipcord- Met Police Air Support Unit view of dawn raid.

Operation Whipcord- Met Police Air Support Unit view of dawn raid.

Dawn raids in Southwark have led to 13 arrests in a large-scale operation combatting drug, burglary, robbery and gang-related crime in Walworth and Bermondsey.

The ‘Operation Whipcord’ raids began with the execution of 21 warrants from 4 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Southwark’s Drugs and Firearms Team supported by officers from the Met’s Trident Gang Crime Command, Territorial Support Group, Air Support Unit and other specialist units were all deployed.

The operation yielded prohibited weapons, including CS gas, a Taser, ammunition and several air weapons and knives.

Suspected drugs seized in dawn police raids part of Operation Whipcord

Suspected drugs seized in Operation Whipcord. Image: Met Police

Other finds include class A and B drugs, a suspected kilo of cocaine, and around £10,000 in cash from an address in Verney Road.

Detective Sergeant David Turner, from the Drugs and Firearms Team at Southwark, led the operation:

Today is the culmination of several months of hard work by the Drugs and Firearms Team here in Southwark, which was in direct response to an increase in reported crime in this area, along with the community’s concerns about anti-social behaviour.

Working alongside local partners, this has not just sent a message to the individuals arrested today, but also to the community, that reducing crime and the fear of crime are key priorities for their local police.

Borough Commander for Southwark, Chief Superintendent Zander Gibson, said:

Communities in Southwark told us about their serious concerns about drug dealing, crime and anti-social behaviour in Bermondsey and Walworth.

We responded by launching this operation several months ago, which has resulted in these arrests today. My officers have been working extremely hard on this issue and I’m extremely proud to be leading such a fantastic group of dedicated people here in Southwark.

Chief Superintendent Zander Gibson

Southwark Borough Commander Zander Gibson. Image: Met Police

He added:

I hope people in Bermondsey and Walworth now feel safer knowing that we are listening to their concerns and taking action to tackle drug dealing and serious crime in their local neighbourhoods.

Hard work such as this has resulted in Southwark showing the greatest reduction in neighbourhood crime in London. This year, there are 3,000 fewer victims of neighbourhood crime in Southwark than there was the year before and I’m grateful for the support from our local communities and partners in helping us achieve this.

This certainly isn’t the end of our activity and we’ll be working closely with our partners and the local authority in the coming days, weeks and months to make sure that drug dealing and anti-social behaviour does not return to the area.


13 arrests in dawn raids to combat drug and gang crime in Walworth and Bermondsey

Aerial view of large-scale dawn raids in Southwark targeting drug and gang related crime.

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