A series of raids across London took place this morning in a one-day crackdown on crime – accompanied by a special guest.
Boris Johnson was in attendance at one raid in Peckham, although police apparently refused to allow him into the property thus denying its occupants a unique opportunity to be rudely awoken by the mayor of London. In a typically Boris-esque manner, the mayor remarked that the refusal ‘may have been because of a scantily-clad lady’ inside.
The raids, codenamed Operation Hawk were carried out by 4000 police officers and were based on intelligence from the local communities under the Safer Neighbourhoods scheme. Launching the operation today, the freshly-elected Met Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe said:
‘Operation Hawk is another way to tackle criminals decisively and directly. It’s all about responding to local concerns and acting on them to crack down on crime rapidly and effectively. Operation Hawk demonstrates Total Policing at its best, working directly with the people we are here to protect.’
One-day anti-crime sprees appear to be a favoured tactic of Hogan-Howe; last month a crackdown on uninsured drivers netted 500 cars and over 60 arrests.
Hogan-Howe has also been the subject of a bogus Tweeter, sadly now deleted.
To find out how to get in touch with your local Safer Neighbourhoods team, visit www.met.police.uk/saferneighbourhoods. In an emergency always dial 999.