Police believe they have seriously disrupted the Loyal Soldiers gang after dawn raids

'Third of gang members in custody'

Police arrest a man in Melon Road, Leytonstone

Suspect is led out of the property for it to be searched by officers and a sniffer dog

A rapid response team make their way to an address in Cann Hall Road, Leytonstone

An image taken at Leyton custody suite of drugs seized today

A loaded revolver recovered from one of the Leytonstone addresses

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A third of all members of a Leytonstone-based gang are in custody following a series of early morning raids, according to police.

A total of 23 arrests have been made this morning as part of Operation Emu, which was led by the borough's Gang Task Force.

The Guardian accompanied officers this morning as they raided two addresses in Melon Road, Leytonstone, and one in Cann Hall Road, Leytonstone  as part of a crackdown on the Loyal Soldiers, a gang said to be dominant in large parts of south Leytonstone.

Police have seized a revolver, £30,000 cash, shotgun cartridges, and class A drugs. 

The men are currently being held at various London police stations and have been arrested on suspicion of various offences, including conspiracy to supply class A drugs, possession of a loaded firearm and money laundering.  

The raids carried out between 5am and 9am were part of the wider Operation Dodo, aimed at dismantling gang-related crime in the borough.

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

The gangs are said to have started working together in 2010, according to police intelligence, and there are currently 60 active members.

Nine members are currently serving jail time for various offences, including the supply of drugs and weapons, assault and manslaughter.

Today's arrests involved approximately 300 officers from units including the Met's Territorial Support Group, Special Operations, Specialist Crime Directorate, and Air Support Unit.

More than a dozen addresses across the E11 postcode were targeted.

Police also searched properties in Manor Farm Drive, and Deerleap Grove in Chingford, Warren Road, Park Road and Nottingham Road in Leyton, Drayton Road in Tottenham, and Ramsey Road in Forest Gate.

The majority of members are aged between 18 and 22 years old, police say.

 

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12:11pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

Let's see how loyal they are when they start grassing each other up.
Let's see how loyal they are when they start grassing each other up. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 23

12:39pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Dave mp says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
Let's see how loyal they are when they start grassing each other up.
And lets see what pathetic 'punishments' they may get?
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Let's see how loyal they are when they start grassing each other up.[/p][/quote]And lets see what pathetic 'punishments' they may get? Dave mp
  • Score: 20

2:47pm Tue 29 Apr 14

I'm Alan says...

Lock em up and throw away the key, they're a menace to society.
Lock em up and throw away the key, they're a menace to society. I'm Alan
  • Score: 14

10:42pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Slimeblob says...

There out there tryna survive!! it's the government and society that has ruined the life's of these teenagers. I believe this is minor compared to the major crimes out there such as rape and so forth, this shouldn't be classed as a gang just because they hang around in groups, maybe see'ing these teenagers in another light wouldn't hurt. It's not a gang these teenagers are in, it's a circle of friends who are family. See this in both views because it's unfair to judge!
There out there tryna survive!! it's the government and society that has ruined the life's of these teenagers. I believe this is minor compared to the major crimes out there such as rape and so forth, this shouldn't be classed as a gang just because they hang around in groups, maybe see'ing these teenagers in another light wouldn't hurt. It's not a gang these teenagers are in, it's a circle of friends who are family. See this in both views because it's unfair to judge! Slimeblob
  • Score: -10

11:05pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

Slimeblob wrote:
There out there tryna survive!! it's the government and society that has ruined the life's of these teenagers. I believe this is minor compared to the major crimes out there such as rape and so forth, this shouldn't be classed as a gang just because they hang around in groups, maybe see'ing these teenagers in another light wouldn't hurt. It's not a gang these teenagers are in, it's a circle of friends who are family. See this in both views because it's unfair to judge!
Keep taking the tablets, we are here to help you, everything is laid on.
Dark room, nurses and activity.
[quote][p][bold]Slimeblob[/bold] wrote: There out there tryna survive!! it's the government and society that has ruined the life's of these teenagers. I believe this is minor compared to the major crimes out there such as rape and so forth, this shouldn't be classed as a gang just because they hang around in groups, maybe see'ing these teenagers in another light wouldn't hurt. It's not a gang these teenagers are in, it's a circle of friends who are family. See this in both views because it's unfair to judge![/p][/quote]Keep taking the tablets, we are here to help you, everything is laid on. Dark room, nurses and activity. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 13

11:33pm Tue 29 Apr 14

I'm Alan says...

@ Slimeblob, You've got it good..Don't complain, Make something of it..
@ Slimeblob, You've got it good..Don't complain, Make something of it.. I'm Alan
  • Score: 6

11:36am Wed 30 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

So two thirds still out causing untold crime and feral activity.

Lock the lot up for a long time.
So two thirds still out causing untold crime and feral activity. Lock the lot up for a long time. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 4

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