Four vehicles, a crossbow and wads of cash seized in London-Essex border police operation

A crossbow was among the weapons seized. Picture: Essex Police

A crossbow was among the weapons seized. Picture: Essex Police - Credit: Essex Police

During two nights of action, police targeted criminals operating on the London-Essex border resulting in 33 arrests.

Cars from Hornchurch and Brentwood was returned before their owners realeased they had gone. Picture

Cars from Hornchurch and Brentwood was returned before their owners realeased they had gone. Picture: Essex Police - Credit: Essex Police

In a joint effort between Essex Police and the Met Police, officers seized weapons, cars and a five figure sum of cash, which was believed to have been earned from criminal activity.

These operations have resulted in more than 220 arrests this year. More than 100 of these were made in Essex.

Chief Inspector Lewis Basford said: “Officers found a number of weapons including knives and a crossbow and recovered four stolen vehicles.

A joint operation between the Metropolitan Police and Essex Police. Picture: Essex Police

A joint operation between the Metropolitan Police and Essex Police. Picture: Essex Police - Credit: Essex Police

“Two of the cars had been so recently stolen from Brentwood and Hornchurch that the owners were unaware they had gone.

“The aim of these operations is to prevent crime before it happens as well as to target offenders and respond to incidents, and we have had some excellent results through our partnership work with the Metropolitan Police.

“It is part of the work we do every day to keep Essex safe and the range of tactics we use means there is nowhere for criminals to hide.”

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The operation on June 22 and 23 was part of Operation Sceptre, our ongoing work to tackle serious violent crime including knife and drug-related crime.

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