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City of London Police join Essex, BTP and the Met to take suspected burglars and thieves off the streets

On Thursday 18 October 2018 our officers joined forces with colleagues from Essex Police, British Transport Police and the Metropolitan Police Service to take suspected burglars, thieves and robbers off the streets.

Six warrants were executed across the county of Essex targeting those suspected of being involved in burglaries, robberies, thefts and the handling of stolen goods.

Chief Inspector Ray Marskell from the City of London Police said:

“We know many people travel into the City from other areas for work and leisure every day. We are dedicated to keeping them safe while they are here and through joint working with other nearby forces we can ensure their homes and property are also safe from burglars and thieves while they are at work."

Using the combined resources and expertise of each force, six people were arrested on suspicion of theft-related offences and three people were subsequently charged.

Another two people were arrested during the course of the operation for non-theft related offences.

Three stolen cars were also found and over 70 motorists were stopped and spoken to as officers aimed to unsettle those using our roads to commit crime.

Chief Superintendent Andy Mariner from Essex Police, who led the operation, said:

“We know that traditionally when the clocks go back at the end of October and we move towards the winter months, theft-related crime such as burglary increases.

“We understand the impact these crimes have on victims not only in the immediate aftermath, but for months and sometimes, years after too.  This shows just how important it is that we find those responsible for these crimes and hold them accountable for their actions.

“We know that offenders move across county borders and use roads and railways to commit these crimes. By working alongside colleagues from City of London Police, British Transport Police and the Met, we were able to disrupt potential criminal activity.”

Sergeant Jay Bibby from the British Transport Police added:

“We were keen to take part in this operation so that we could tackle suspected offenders on the railway. Our close working relationship with our colleagues from Essex, City of London, and Metropolitan Police has proved to be very effective – and we will be working with them in the future to help make sure that crime on the rail network stays as low as possible.”

Sergeant Chris Allonby, of the Met’s ANPR Intercept Team, said:

"We are working with other forces in a coordinated effort to tackle thieves and burglars who operate across county borders – namely London and Essex. 

“This collaborative, pro-active operation has enabled us to share intelligence to target and disrupt those suspected to be involved in these types of crimes, including the people who handle stolen goods.

"We urge people to take action to safeguard their homes and valuables to reduce their susceptibility to such crimes.”

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