Police raid suspected cannabis café in Spitalfields
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Twenty-four males who tried to flee a suspected cannabis café face fines of up to £200 for breaking Covid-19 rules.
People got into the suspected café in Spitalfields using an intercom. They even had CCTV set up to monitor those who wanted to get inside.
Officers carrying out a misuse of drugs warrant raided a commercial premises in Osbourn Street on Thursday, January 28 after being tipped off.
Ch Insp Pete Shaw said: "My officers risked their own lives to apprehend a group of people who appeared to have no care for themselves or for protecting the lives of others with this brazen breach of the current restrictions."
A number of males leapt out of windows and onto the roofs of neighbouring buildings after the police forced their way in.
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Police came across the 24 males hiding in a space between buildings during the chase that followed.
They were reported for £200 fines under health protection regulations. One of the males was also arrested in relation to immigration offences and taken into custody. He has been passed to the Immigration Services.
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Another six males were found inside the premises which was being used as a place to smoke cannabis. They were reported for fines too.
Ch Insp Shaw said: "This activity was part of our ongoing partnership work in Tower Hamlets to support our communities by targeting those involved in anti-social behaviour, gangs and drug supply.
"My officers will continue to patrol Tower Hamlets in an attempt to reduce anti-social behaviour and to enforce the Covid legislation where necessary."