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Multi-agency operation drugs raid led by British Transport Police sees 16 people arrested in Ilford

Sixteen people were arrested in early morning drugs raids, as part of an multi-agency operation led by British Transport Police (BTP).
Officers from BTP, Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and Redbridge Council have been working together to tackle anti-social behaviour and drug crime in and around Ilford rail station.
Detective chief inspector Sam Blackburn, from British Transport Police, said: “The execution of these warrants yesterday (Thursday) follows a protracted intelligence led investigation relating to drug dealing around Ilford station.
“The raids send a clear message to those involved in criminal and anti-social behaviour, that we will pursue them relentlessly. It also reassures the travelling public and the local
community that together with our partners in the MPS and the Local Authority we are working tirelessly to make the station and the area around it a hostile place for any criminals
to operate.”

The long-term initiative was launched in February under the banner Operation Parish, with the aim of ensuring the station and surrounding streets are a safe environment for residents, passengers and staff. Uniformed and plain clothes officers regularly patrol the station and will continue to do so.
DCI Blackburn said: “We are aware there are challenges in and around Ilford station. Op Reclaim is a long term initiative with the local authority and colleagues from the MPS to deter and detect offenders and reassure station staff and members of the public that the police are taking positive action tackling offenders. We will take robust action against anyone who is breaking the law.”
Redbridge Police Borough Commander Mandy Beacher said: “Together with British Transport  Police and Redbridge Local Authority we are committed to tackling both the criminal and  anti- social  behaviour associated in and around Ilford Station. This area is the gateway to our town centre, its businesses and residents. As a partnership we are very proud that Redbridge continues to achieve the largest reduction in neighbourhood crime across the capital, but we are determined that people should feel safe and enjoy the same quality of life wherever they live within the Borough.”
Councillor Ross Hatfull, Redbridge Council Cabinet Member for Civic Pride, said, “Drug dealing and anti-social behaviour are a major concern of Redbridge residents. We are constantly listening to local people, and are delighted that such strong measures have been taken to tackle this issue. These arrests send a very strong signal that this behaviour will not be tolerated in Redbridge, and those that deal drugs on our streets will face severe consequences. The council has strongly supported this operation since the start, and worked in partnership with British Transport Police and the Metropolitan Police to rid our streets of this crime and anti-social behaviour.”

The following people have been charged with Conspiracy to Supply Class A & B Drugs and appeared before Highbury Magistrates Court on Friday 2 September.
1. Abdul Boota, 18, of Waltham Forest
2. Haroon Ninikai, 20, of Ilford
3. Awalkhan Naserkhel, 26, of Ilford
4. Xheri Keta, 30, of Hackney
5. Saeed Jawad Ahmady, 42, of Ilford
6. Aleem Khan, 27, of Ilford
7. Edisin Capa, 19, of Rainham
8. Rakeem Rajput-Siddique, 23, of Barking
9. Saadat Agah, 19, of Walthamstow
10. Atiq Rahman Rhemi, 21, of Dagenham
11. Ardit Isha, 19, of No Fixed Abode
12. Sandeep Singh, 29, of No Fixed Abode
13. Sherla Nasiri, 19, of No Fixed Abode
14. Masood Ahmadi, 25, of East London
15. Mirand Muslika, 18, of Ilford
16. A 19-year-old man from Barking was arrested in connection with supplying Class A &B Drugs. He has been bailed until September 30.

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