Raids target street drug dealing in Forest Gate

Police sealed off part of an east London road in a crackdown on drug dealing in the street.

About 120 officers took part in Wednesday night's raids which saw an area of Romford Road in Forest Gate shut off, as class A drug sellers were targeted.

Four men have been arrested.

The initiative is part of the Met's Operation Target, which began in June to tackle crime against people and property across London.

Six commercial premises, mainly food convenience stores, were also raided and a quantity of class A drugs seized.

Det Ch Insp Kevin Baldwin said it is hoped the arrests will have a knock-on effect on other crime in the area, including prostitution, robbery and burglary.

"This operation was one of the most significant Newham has seen for a number of years," he added.

"Operation Target analysis shows that a very specific location can constitute the majority of crime in an area and we believe that is the case in Newham."

The four arrested men, aged in their teens and 20s, are being held on suspicion of supplying drugs and remain in police custody.

Operation Target has so far seen 4,454 arrests and more than 8,640 operations.

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