Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

SCHOOLBOYS HELD IN HEROIN SWOOP; BROTHERS 0F 14 AND 15 SUSPECTED OF DEALING ARRESTED IN DAWN RAIDS; 200 OFFICERS TARGET HOMES OF GANG SUSPECTS; Estate Gang 'Ran Open Drugs market'Bags of Cannabis and Loose Cash Thrown from Window as Officers Burst into Flat

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

SCHOOLBOYS HELD IN HEROIN SWOOP; BROTHERS 0F 14 AND 15 SUSPECTED OF DEALING ARRESTED IN DAWN RAIDS; 200 OFFICERS TARGET HOMES OF GANG SUSPECTS; Estate Gang 'Ran Open Drugs market'Bags of Cannabis and Loose Cash Thrown from Window as Officers Burst into Flat

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Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor

TWO schoolboy brothers aged 14 and 15 were among suspects arrested today on suspicion of dealing Class A drugs, including crack cocaine and heroin.

The pair are alleged to be prominent gang members who peddled substances on the streets of a Westminster council estate plagued by violence and organised thugs.

They were among more than 20 people targeted in dawn raids on the Churchill Gardens estate in Pimlico. Two addresses raided were only yards away from the location of last week's Chelsea Flower Show.

About 200 officers swooped on homes of suspected members of a gang called the Church Town Militants. Police said the action followed pleas from residents for action against gang-related violence and drug dealing on the estate where teenager Hani Hicham El Kheir was hacked to death with swords and a meat cleaver in January last year.

The two arrested boys were described as active members of the gang who allegedly dealt Class A drugs on the streets. They are said to live "chaotic lifestyles", only occasionally attending school, said one detective.

The 14-year-old, who lives with his grandmother, is on bail for grievous bodily harm and is "well known" to police and social services. The pair are said to come from a dysfunctional family and have been subject to a number of parenting orders with limited success.

Officers, including members of the Territorial Support Group, raided 22 addresses in a co-ordinated action at Continued on Page 5 Continued from Page 1 about 6.15am. Police battered down the door of one suspected dealer.

As officers burst into the secondfloor flat screaming "Police", bags of cannabis and loose cash were thrown out of the window and into the bushes below.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drugs possession with intent to supply. …

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