1/3/2008 3:02:00 PM
Police arrest 56 people in raid for stolen mobile phones
Police claim to have stepped up the fight against mobile phone-related crime, with arrests for thefts and reprogramming.
The National Mobile Phone Crime Unit’s (NMPCU) winter crackdown on mobile phone crime has come to an end, resulting in 56 arrests and the seizure of 324 handsets between the start of November and the end of December.
Operation Prestige targeted eight London boroughs that the NMPCU considered to be hotspots for mobile phone crime.
The arrests and seizures were made in Lambeth, Lewisham, Croydon, Brent, Newham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Camden.
Intelligence manager Chris Paice said: ‘It’s about the long-term legacy rather than a short-term fix. It’s been very good in that sense.’
Similar operations in other parts of the country are expected in 2008.