'Anarchism' Police Chief Targets Crack

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Byline: WAYNE VESEY

THE controversial police chief who said he found anarchism "appealing" was put in charge of police raids on two crack dens.

Lambeth police commander Brian Paddick headed an operation in which eight suspected crack cocaine suppliers were arrested and about 70 rocks of crack worth several thousands of pounds were recovered.

The operation, codenamed Safer Streets, was led by Mr Paddick hours after he was given a dressing-down by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens, after returning from a three-week holiday in Thailand and Australia.

Mr Paddick was carpeted over his "use of language" on a website where he made his comments on anarchism.

His position as head of policing in Lambeth remains unaltered.

The operation began just after 9pm last night as seven police vans with armed officers wearing body armour swooped on two addresses in the St Martins and William Bonnie estates in Brixton.

Some 20 officers from each convoy sledgehammered their way into the flats shouting "police, police".

Four people in each flat were arrested and led away in handcuffs.

Detective Superintendent Martin Greenslade, who led the raids, said 40 rocks of crack were seized from the flat in St Martins and 30 rocks from the property in the William Bonnie estate. …