Operation Big Wing cracks down on crime in Barking and Dagenham

A police officer searches a member of the public after he passed through the Knife Arch scanner temp

A police officer searches a member of the public after he passed through the Knife Arch scanner temporarily set up by the Metropolitan Police in Hammersmith Broadway Shopping Centre, on November 19, 2008 in London, England. The Knife Arch is a mobile walkthrough metal detector which the police frequently use in public places to identify and deter people from carrying knives. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images) - Credit: Getty Images

A major crackdown on criminals is being carried out by Barking and Dagenham Police today in the largest ‘Big Wing’ operation to date.

Officers will be joined by specialists in carrying out arrests of those wanted, search warrants, licensing checks and other activities across the borough.

There will also be street briefings and police surgeries to inform the public what is being done to tackle crime.

Barking and Dagenham Police Borough Commander Andy Ewing said: “Through Operation Big Wing we are sending a strong message that crime is not tolerated in Barking and Dagenham and I ask the community to join with us by continuing to provide information about crime and criminals in your area. If you know something please don’t hesitate. Tell us, we will listen and we will take action.”

Ch Supt Simon Letchford of the Met’s Territorial Policing Command said: “Gang violence, drugs, and knife crime are serious, high harm crimes that can sadly have a devastating and lasting effect on local communities; however, there are also many other issues which might be seen as ‘lower level’ offences, such as anti-social behaviour or uninsured drivers, that we know can and do blight the daily lives of too many people.”

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