UK: Operation Tiller.


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MicroBalrog
December 27, 2003, 07:56 AM
Hundreds of police in crime raids
10.45AM, 10 Dec 2003


More than 500 police officers have taken part in early morning raids targeting people suspected of involvement in organised crime in London.

Scotland Yard confirmed that Operation Tiller involved the biggest number of co-ordinated armed raids across the capital at any one time.

It was designed to disrupt organised crime, including drug dealing, blackmail, extortion and gun crime - particularly within the Turkish Kurdish community.

The operation began in the early hours when officers, 90 of whom were armed, executed 15 search warrants at addresses in Haringey, Hackney and Enfield.

Officers made 12 arrests, recovered a loaded handgun, three firearms, three machetes, drugs and seized counterfeit currency.

They also found stolen mobile phones and equipment for forging passports. All those arrested are in custody at three north London police stations.

More than 500 officers were involved in the operation including those from the Metropolitan Police firearms branch, the Turkish Crime Task Force, the National Crime Squad, the Territorial Support Group, the dog section, Immigration Service, Customs and Excise and local authorities.

Police said they were already planning more initiatives over the following months as result of intelligence gathered during the operation.

The raids follow Operation Narita in January which targeted venues where intelligence established links with organised crime and the violent disturbance in Green Lanes last year, which resulted in the murder of Alisan Dogan.

Superintendent Mark Benbow, of Hackney police, said: "We know Operation Tiller isn't an instant cure for organised crime problems within north London but it is the catalyst for long term prevention measures which demonstrates the Met's commitment to disrupt major criminals.

"The intelligence gathered will help us disrupt men of violence, particularly within the Turkish Kurdish community who are committing crimes against their own people.

"With the help of the community we can have a greater impact in tackling firearms, drug trafficking, blackmail and extortion."

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Art Eatman
December 27, 2003, 01:00 PM
MB, would you care to speak to the net social costs of open migration between countries? After all, the problems mentioned in the article parallel those we face in the U.S. from the present in-migration of third-world people. And, note that there are similar problems in the rest of Europe...

:), Art

Azrael256
December 27, 2003, 10:33 PM
Does something seem... well, not right here? biggest number of co-ordinated armed raids... executed 15 search warrants... a loaded handgun, three firearms, three machetes Fifteen search warrants on drug dealers and the like, and four guns. I know it's gun-free Britain here, but they talk constantly about how easy it is to buy an "illegal" gun, so you'd think that these guys would have more than four guns.

agricola
December 28, 2003, 05:21 AM
Fifteen search warrants on drug dealers and the like, and four guns. I know it's gun-free Britain here, but they talk constantly about how easy it is to buy an "illegal" gun, so you'd think that these guys would have more than four guns.

could it be that the "UK is awash with guns" view of Zedicus and his group is wrong?!!!!

fallingblock
December 28, 2003, 09:45 PM
If it was there'd be no problem.

Only the criminals and the government (and a few government-approved subjects) have them.:eek:

That's the problem.:D

Don Gwinn
December 29, 2003, 12:45 AM
Zedicus has a group now? Neat.

Jim March
December 29, 2003, 02:23 AM
Criminal gangs often share a small pool of guns. In NYNY, street gangs have been recorded caching weapons in a particular corner of a vacant lot or something so that if found, they wouldn't be in anybody's "possession" but they'd be watched and access to them would be metered out as needed.

That's yet another reason gun control doesn't work - even if you somehow manage to get the number of available guns down below the number of criminals, the (bleep)ers share the dang things :rolleyes:.

jimpeel
December 29, 2003, 03:16 AM
... particularly within the Turkish Kurdish community.But ... wouldn't that be ... PROFILING??? :what:

Dionysusigma
December 30, 2003, 07:07 PM
I know it's gun-free Britain here, but they talk constantly about how easy it is to buy an "illegal" gun, so you'd think that these guys would have more than four guns.

Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels comes to mind...:rolleyes: :D

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