Crackdown on Leytonstone-based Loyal Soldiers gang reaches Chingford homes

Family describes dawn raid 'earthquake'

Police raid two addresses in Melon Road, Leytonstone

Some of the drugs seized

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A Chingford family has described how their house shook as police raided a neighbouring property at dawn during a crackdown on one of Waltham Forest’s most feared gangs.

More than 300 officers were involved in the borough-wide operation on Tuesday targeting the Leytonstone-based Loyal Soldiers.

Properties in Manor Farm Road and Deerlap Grove in Chingford were raided by specialist officers, startling those living nearby between 6am and 7am.

Eyup Nakip, 58, his wife Thamolwan, 43, and 10-year-old daughter live in Manor Farm Road and were woken by the sound of officers breaking down the front door.

Mr Nakip said: "We heard a loud bang and thought it was an earthquake as our house shook when they busted down the door.

“It was very scary.

"Then we heard running as they went into the house, we had no idea what was going on only that it looked exactly like what you see on TV.

"We're surprised it happened but at the same time happy because they are off the streets. We feel safer now."

Across the borough, 26 properties were raided as part of Operation Emu, with guns and drugs seized.

A total of 22 suspected gang members were arrested on suspicion of various offences, including conspiracy to supply class A drugs, weapon possession and money laundering.

Hayden Brown, 23, and his brother Jordon, 21, were arrested during the Manor Farm Road raid and have both been charged with being involved in the supply of a class A drug, namely cocaine.

Hayden Brown is also accused of being involved in supplying class B cannabis and offering to supply the drug.

Jordon Brown faces a second charge of possessing cannabis.

Both men were remanded in custody to appear at Thames Magistrates Court today.

A woman arrested at an address in Deerleap Grove has been released with no further action, police say.

The Loyal Soldiers (LS) is believed to have been created through the merger of two Leytonstone gangs, the Cathall Boys and the AC Crew, but its influence is believed to spread throughout the borough.

Cann Hall ward cllr Nicholas Russell said: "I welcome the efforts of the police to make the local area safer for local residents through yesterday’s operation and would encourage residents to help the police to continue to help us by passing on information to the police about gang activity."

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1:35pm Wed 30 Apr 14

G_Whiz says...

We do love a gang these days!, And many love making excuses for them!

That's why the problem will never end!

"Crime rules the streets, who the hell else?" - Ice.T. Drama. 1987.
We do love a gang these days!, And many love making excuses for them! That's why the problem will never end! "Crime rules the streets, who the hell else?" - Ice.T. Drama. 1987. G_Whiz
  • Score: 7

3:53pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Walthamster says...

I hope the named neighbours who spoke out against the gang in this story are safe!

Guardian, you really should remove the quote "We're surprised it happened but at the same time happy because they are off the streets. We feel safer now."
I hope the named neighbours who spoke out against the gang in this story are safe! Guardian, you really should remove the quote "We're surprised it happened but at the same time happy because they are off the streets. We feel safer now." Walthamster
  • Score: 5

8:05pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

The only thing the loyal ones know about soldiers is what they dip in their boiled eggs and are probably crying in cells asking for their mummies.

These gangs are allowed to flourish by lack of stop and search, police abandoning the streets so the gangs can rule them, liberalisation of drugs laws under Labour and the ridiculous sentencing in the courts.

Send the lot of them to a a French Foreign Legion training camp for a year.
The only thing the loyal ones know about soldiers is what they dip in their boiled eggs and are probably crying in cells asking for their mummies. These gangs are allowed to flourish by lack of stop and search, police abandoning the streets so the gangs can rule them, liberalisation of drugs laws under Labour and the ridiculous sentencing in the courts. Send the lot of them to a a French Foreign Legion training camp for a year. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 6

10:46am Thu 1 May 14

kirstywright says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
The only thing the loyal ones know about soldiers is what they dip in their boiled eggs and are probably crying in cells asking for their mummies.

These gangs are allowed to flourish by lack of stop and search, police abandoning the streets so the gangs can rule them, liberalisation of drugs laws under Labour and the ridiculous sentencing in the courts.

Send the lot of them to a a French Foreign Legion training camp for a year.
according to tory girl Theresa May she wants to reform and cut back on stop and search , as 250,000 of them last year may have been illegal - so the matter of gang crime in my opinion will only get worse if she gets her way.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: The only thing the loyal ones know about soldiers is what they dip in their boiled eggs and are probably crying in cells asking for their mummies. These gangs are allowed to flourish by lack of stop and search, police abandoning the streets so the gangs can rule them, liberalisation of drugs laws under Labour and the ridiculous sentencing in the courts. Send the lot of them to a a French Foreign Legion training camp for a year.[/p][/quote]according to tory girl Theresa May she wants to reform and cut back on stop and search , as 250,000 of them last year may have been illegal - so the matter of gang crime in my opinion will only get worse if she gets her way. kirstywright
  • Score: 4

12:37pm Thu 1 May 14

Villagecranberry says...

kirstywright wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
The only thing the loyal ones know about soldiers is what they dip in their boiled eggs and are probably crying in cells asking for their mummies.

These gangs are allowed to flourish by lack of stop and search, police abandoning the streets so the gangs can rule them, liberalisation of drugs laws under Labour and the ridiculous sentencing in the courts.

Send the lot of them to a a French Foreign Legion training camp for a year.
according to tory girl Theresa May she wants to reform and cut back on stop and search , as 250,000 of them last year may have been illegal - so the matter of gang crime in my opinion will only get worse if she gets her way.
The irony is that black on black gun crime and stabbings is rife and the Police have a whole specialist 'Trident' Squad to deal with this and families of black victims are all too quick to demand police action when their children are maimed and killed and yet some people from the 'black community' are all too ready to shout 'foul' when young blacks are stopped and searched for genuine crime prevention reasons.

The police have become scared of their own shadow and are reluctant to be proactive in their work.

Unfortunately it is hard to get a balance but I would rather have police stopping and searching more to prevent crime happening. Ok, there will be innocent people stopped but surely this is a better price to pay than clearing up another murder scene?
[quote][p][bold]kirstywright[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: The only thing the loyal ones know about soldiers is what they dip in their boiled eggs and are probably crying in cells asking for their mummies. These gangs are allowed to flourish by lack of stop and search, police abandoning the streets so the gangs can rule them, liberalisation of drugs laws under Labour and the ridiculous sentencing in the courts. Send the lot of them to a a French Foreign Legion training camp for a year.[/p][/quote]according to tory girl Theresa May she wants to reform and cut back on stop and search , as 250,000 of them last year may have been illegal - so the matter of gang crime in my opinion will only get worse if she gets her way.[/p][/quote]The irony is that black on black gun crime and stabbings is rife and the Police have a whole specialist 'Trident' Squad to deal with this and families of black victims are all too quick to demand police action when their children are maimed and killed and yet some people from the 'black community' are all too ready to shout 'foul' when young blacks are stopped and searched for genuine crime prevention reasons. The police have become scared of their own shadow and are reluctant to be proactive in their work. Unfortunately it is hard to get a balance but I would rather have police stopping and searching more to prevent crime happening. Ok, there will be innocent people stopped but surely this is a better price to pay than clearing up another murder scene? Villagecranberry
  • Score: 4

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