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A man from Hayes has been arrested after being found with a firearm and Class A drugs in Ealing.

Police observed a group of people acting suspiciously in Walpole Park, Mattock Lane on Sunday 9 August.

The 19-year-ol suspect was then seen entering the park and walking towards the group. Officers from the West Area Violence Suppression Unit approached him and detained him for a search during which sixty wraps of suspected crack cocaine and heroin were recovered. This resulted in his arrest on suspicion of possession with intent to supply.

A subsequent search of the suspect’s home recovered a handgun and a quantity of what appeared to be drug paraphernalia.

The man remains in custody at a west London police station and has been further arrested for possession with intent to supply class A controlled drugs, namely crack cocaine and heroin, possession of a firearm without a certificate, as well as breach of a criminal behaviour order.

West Area Commander Peter Gardner said, “We are working tirelessly to take weapons off the street and keep our communities safe. This shows the value of our proactive work and of properly targeted stop and search. This is great work, and is just one example of the proactive policing activity that is going on 24-hours-a-day across London. Drug supply and the violence and exploitation involved in it devastates communities and we need the public’s help to identify those involved in this criminality, those exploiting young people and those willing to carry weapons.”

If you don’t want to speak to the police, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They are a totally independent charity and you remain 100 per cent anonymous, they never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or device you use. Alternatively, visit their website.

August 10, 2020

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