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21 December 2017, 07:15 | Updated: 21 December 2017, 07:16
Police have arrested and charged 11 people following intelligence-led operations aimed at disrupting and tackling gang activity in Canvey.
Operation Busby has involved patrols in key areas, visits to known offenders and executing warrants at addresses over the past six months.
Police started operations following two gang related road traffic collision in Canvey on Saturday, June 17. These arrests included:
A 43-year-old man arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs, theft of a motor vehicle, driving while disqualified and possession of an offensive weapon after being stopped by police on Thursday, July 20;
A 27-year-old man arrested on suspicion of being in possession of an offensive weapon and a class A drugs on Thursday, July 6. A man, 18, was also arrested at the scene on suspicion of criminal damage and possession of class A with intent of supply;
Two men, 32 and 44, and a 16-year-old boy arrested on Friday, September 8, on suspicion of possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to supply;
A 22-year-old man was arrested and charged with wounding with intent, threatening a person with a blade and possession of a knife and he was remanded to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday, December 18.
Other results from Op Busby including the removal of knives, machete and a bottle of ammonia off our streets, 14 people were given drugs warnings and three people were given community resolutions for being in possession of cannabis.
Additionally, one child being exploited by gangs and two children at risk of being exploited were identified and given safeguarding.
Chief Inspector Glen Westley, District Commander for Castle Point and Rochford, said: "We’ve made some great arrests and charges, which has helped disrupt drug activity and violent crime in Canvey.
"I believe a number of those arrested and charged will get lengthy prison sentences. Operation Busby is continuing with the aim of removing more criminals of our streets.
"I would like to thank Canvey’s community for supporting our operations and passing on vital information about individuals involved with crime. I would also like to praise my teams who have worked around the clock to help make Canvey a safer place."