Hundreds of armed police raid traveller camp looking for gun-dealing gang
An army of police officers was filmed raiding a traveller camp in an operation against a gang allegedly supplying guns to crooks in London.
The footage, recorded by police bodycam video, shows a line of cops all dressed-in black charge towards a mobile home in a camp based in Star Lane, Orpington, south London.
Meanwhile, a circling helicopter shows dozens of officers swarming around the traveller homes during the raid that saw several suspects arrested.
An officer then rams open a door with a battering ram.
The raid involved "several hundred" armed police officers and Counter-Terrorist Specialist Firearms Officers (CTSFOs), Sky News reports.
In an update today, the Metropolitan Police said a loaded shotgun, a machete, and stolen dogs and quad bikes had been seized.
Multiple caravans had reportedly been identified as stolen and around £112,000 in cash and Class A drugs has also been recovered.
Seven people were arrested on suspicion of offences including possession of criminal property, possession of ammunition, handling stolen goods and burglary.
Two people found at the site are being supported by the Met's Modern Slavery Team, the Met said.
A total of 17 dogs have been seized from the site, some of which have since been reportedly been identified as stolen.
Commander Kyle Gordon, the Gold Commander for the operation, said: "We have already found a number of weapons and other items of interest following this significant operation, and our searches at the site will continue.
"A firearm seized by police represents a weapon that is not in the hands of someone who might use it to harm others, and commit crime.
"Every officer across the Met – from local neighbourhoods teams all the way up to our specialist crime investigators – is focused on bringing those responsible for violence on the streets of London to justice, to keep our communities safe."
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