Met Operation Halves Club Party Shootings

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Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT

AN operation by Met police to fight crime in London's clubs and pubs during the party season almost halved the number of guns fired in the capital last month, police said today.

The Scotland Yard project, codenamed Operation Argon, also led to the recovery of five firearms and 50 arrests.

Police erected knife arches outside nightclubs and set up armed roadblocks to intercept gunmen. Operation Argon was launched in response to the recent spate of shootings around clubs.

During last month there were 17 shootings across London compared with 30 a year earlier.

Detective Chief Superintendent Helen Ball, head of Operation Trident which tackles armed crime in London's black community, said: "We have known for some time that a significant number of shootings happen in and around pubs and clubs.

"When we run these operations people see us on the streets and word gets around which is a very good deterrent.

"We have reliable intelligence that we managed to disrupt gang activity involving groups who intended to meet at one club. …

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