Police have made fourteen arrests following an eight-month, covert investigation into drug dealing, organised and violent crime which ended with raids in Bromley.

Eight men and six women between 22 and 56 years old have been arrested on suspicion of a range of class A drug offences, theft and handling of stolen goods early this morning.

A quantity of class A drugs was also seized in this morning’s operation, which targeted residential addresses predominately across Lambeth, Croydon, and Bromley.

These arrests follow 18 previous arrests made last week as part of the same operation.

The warrants are the culmination of an eight-month investigation which police say was launched following feedback from local communities. 

Detective Superintendent John Harnwell, of the Met’s Violent Crime Taskforce, said: “Today we have built on the great successes we saw last week, with an additional 14 individuals being arrested.

“This operation is a fantastic example of the VCTF working closely with local borough officers to dismantle organised criminality and target those exploiting and coercing vulnerable people, often young children, to sell drugs.

“Our work to suppress violence does not stop here.

"Even through this challenging pandemic, we will continue to use every tool at our disposal to tackle these types of crimes head on.”