Operation Hawk signals drug clampdown in Tower Hamlets

Drug raids resulted in a wave of arrests in Tower Hamlets on Thursday as part of the London-wide Operation Hawk.

More than 80 officers from the borough’s force were involved in the clampdown, which aimed to tackle street level drug dealing through raids on cannabis farms and crack houses across the capital.

The raids on ten addresses within the borough resulted in four arrests, including for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs after police siezed significant quantities of crack cocaine and heroin.

Tower Hamlets’ safer neighbourhoods chief inspector Nigel Nottidge said: “What a great result. We had a 40 per cent hit rate on the addresses we had warrants for and we managed to take drugs off the streets.”

Across London the operation involved around 1,000 officers, and resulted in more than 50 arrests.

Head of the capital-wide operation, commander Mak Chishty, said: “Drug dealing damages communities. It generates crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.

“The Met is determined to tackle this issue head on by bringing together our resources to reclaim and help repair areas affected by drug dealing.”