Dawn raids were carried at 37 addresses following asix-month investigation to crackdown on drugs and violence.

Police raided homes across Waltham Forest on Wednesday and Thursday and officers seized a large amount of drugs, more then £6,000 cash, one firearm with ammunitions, a number of knives, and a Taser.

More than 100 officers from across the Met were involved in the intelligence-led operation and a number of arrests were made.

Waltham Forest council leader Cllr Clare Coghill says residents in the borough "deserve to enjoy neighbourhoods" without fear of crime.

She said: "We know that our residents’ top priority is that they feel safe in their borough. By working closely with the police, public sector partners, and local community groups we can take targeted action against those involved in selling drugs and the gang lifestyle, sending a clear message that we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour in Waltham Forest.

“Our residents deserve to enjoy neighbourhoods where they and their loved ones can make the very most of their life chances in safety and without the fear of crime. We are determined to do all we can to achieve this.

“I’d like to thank the police for all their hard work and dedication, and I know how much residents also value their efforts.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Tucker, north east basic command unit commander, said: “We have executed a series of warrants against a group of people who seek through their criminal behaviour to make life hard for the law abiding majority in Waltham Forest. This activity is very much based on what the communities have asked us to do, and we will continue to confront those who involve themselves in drug dealing and the associated violence.”

  • On Wednesday, 19 June, eight men, three boys and one woman were arrested on suspicion of a variety of offences relating to drugs. The males have since been charged with drug-related offences. The female suspect has been released under investigation.
  • Five men and four boys were arrested on Thursday, 20 June, on suspicion of a variety of offences relating to drug supply within Waltham Forest. They have all been taken into custody across east London.

Communities can help police tackle violent crime. If you have information about serious crime in your neighbourhood, but would like to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800555111.