Weapons and drugs have been seized at multiple addresses following police raids this week.

Early morning operations on Wednesday, October 9 and Thursday, October 10, targeted individuals suspected of dealing drugs across Ilford, Dagenham, Havering and east London.

The warrants resulted in 43 people being arrested and searches being conducted at 50 properties.

Officers had seized a significant number of mobile phones, cash, a variety of drugs, documentation and weapons.

The suspects were arrested on suspicion of various crimes including possession of a firearm, possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply, and supply of Class A drugs.

19 have since been charged with drug related offences.

Detective Superintendent Jamie Piscopo of the Met’s East Area Command Unit said: “While we continue to seek reductions in violence as a priority, the associated crime that goes with the supply and use of drugs can seriously affect the standard of living for the people living and working in a particular area and the operational activity in the last two days is a response to those concerns.

“Of course, there isn’t a single action that can eradicate the trade in illegal drugs completely from a particular area, but we can, and will, continue to disrupt and apprehend those trading in misery in Redbridge.”

Any young people who have either information about drug dealing or violence, can visit www.fearless.org where they can pass on information anonymously.

Fearless is part of the Crimestoppers charity, and is also independent of the police.