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Awards for police officers

PUBLISHED: 16:26 02 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:59 11 August 2010

DCI Lloyd Gardner receives the commendation from Sir Ian Blair

DCI Lloyd Gardner receives the commendation from Sir Ian Blair

POLICE officers who caught a gang of thugs responsible for 24 violent robberies have been decorated by the Met Commissioner. Detective Chief Inspector Lloyd Gardner and Detective Sergeant John Harrison were among the team who led the successful Operation

POLICE officers who caught a gang of thugs responsible for 24 violent robberies have been decorated by the Met Commissioner.

Detective Chief Inspector Lloyd Gardner and Detective Sergeant John Harrison were among the team who led the successful Operation Kline in 2005.

Their efforts led to the conviction of Robert Lincoln, Sofian Majera, Pedro Frota and Luis Frota, who were jailed for a total of 45 years.

The mob had been driving around the streets of north-east London, including Barking and Dagenham, kidnapping pedestrians.

They threatened their victims with extreme violence until they agreed to give up their bank cards and pin numbers.

Investigating the crimes was complicated by a lack of CCTV evidence and the fact that the victims could not identify their attackers.

Officers had to painstakingly analyse more than 25,000 pieces of mobile phone data to link the four men to the crimes.

Commissioner Sir Ian Blair handed out the commendations at New Scotland Yard last Wednesday (April 30).

Lincoln, of The Clarksons, Barking, Majera, of Bentry Close, Dagenham and Pedro and Luis Frota, both of St Mary's, Barking, pleaded guilty in November 2006.


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