Four people have been arrested for drugs and firearm offences at Woolwich DLR station as part of a police disruption operation targeting travellers.

Prior to lockdown, British Transport Police and Met teams regularly teamed up for Operation Avara, setting up metal detectors and stopping and searching commuters at key south east London train stations.

The Covid-19 pandemic has seemingly halted the project though, with restrictions on travel, especially on public transport, making it harder for police to conduct the operations.

But police were back out at Woolwich DLR station last week, with BTP's Blackheath team and MPS Welling stopping and searching people who were travelling to work or for other reasons.

The move coincides with Boris Johnson's announcement that lockdown restrictions are to be eased, with thousands returning to work in the capital and less rules on exercise.

But despite reduced numbers of travellers, four people were arrested.

One was arrested for possessing an imitation firearm, whilst the other three were reported for drug offences.

BTP London said on Twitter "the work continues."