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19 arrested in Hackney drugs bust

SUCCESSFUL: Police make arrest in east London yesterday

NINTEEN PEOPLE were arrested in Hackney, east London, yesterday (July 19) following a four-month operation aimed at tackling class A drug dealing in the area.

Hackney Police, in conjunction with Hackney Council and UK Border Agency made the mass arrest in Ridley Road and Dalston Junction, for a variety of immigration and drug-related offences.

The arrests were made as part of Operation Marsican, an initiative to tackle serious and organised crime in the borough.

Chief Superintendent Steve Bending, Borough Commander of Hackney Police, said:

"Operation Marsican has been a fully collaborative effort, with positive feedback from residents and businesses in the area.

"By using a combination of enforcement and intervention, we are aiming to reduce anti-social activities such as drug dealing, drug taking, and the associated criminality that goes hand-in-hand with the supply of illegal substances."

Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe added: "Crime in Hackney is at a 12-year low, and while we are encouraged by the year-on-year reductions in crime, today's operation demonstrates our continued commitment to working together for a safer Hackney.

"I hope that the significant results achieved through Operation Marsican bring about a lasting improvement to the area, and serve as a warning to the minority involved in criminality that their behaviour will not be tolerated in this borough."

Today (July 20), officers will be in the area to provide reassurance to residents, visitors, businesses and traders, and to explain the impact of the action.

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