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TARGETED OPERATION: More than 40 arrested as part of Hertfordshire operation to tackle acquisitive criminals

 Published on: 24th November 2022   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Forty-four suspects have been arrested and 26 vehicles seized as part of a targeted operation to tackle acquisitive criminals who travel into Hertfordshire to commit their crimes.

Operation Conarium 2 was carried out over a week (November 7 to 11, 2022) in partnership with the Metropolitan Police to target those who are committing cross-border criminality.

Officers from the constabulary’s proactive Operation Scorpion and Mobile Support Team, alongside colleagues from the Met were out in force proactively patrolling Hertsmere, Watford and across the border into Harrow and Barnet.

Together the forces:

-Arrested 44 people on suspicion on offences including theft of motor vehicle, possession and supply of drugs, possession of offensive weapons, affray and driving while disqualified.

-Carried out 62 Stop and Searches

-Seized and recovered 12 lost or stolen vehicles -Seized and recovered 14 vehicles for traffic offences including driving without insurance -Recovered three knives/weapons – a machete, a kitchen knife and a baseball bat

PC Brad Glover, from the Hertsmere Operation Scorpion Team, who coordinated the operation, said: “The operation seeks to target those who are involved in serious and acquisitive crime, such as theft, burglary and robbery, and cross into our borders to commit them.

“We regularly link in with our colleagues in neighbouring forces, such as the Met, to identify and arrest these offenders, but these operations provide very intensive joint activity.

“This operation has reaped great results and will hopefully send a clear message that Herts is an area to be avoided.

“Whether or not we are running a specific police operation, teams from the constabulary’s Operation Scorpion are always patrolling and we will stop and arrest anyone we suspect of committing crimes.”

If you have information about suspected criminal activity, please report it online at, speak to an operator in the Force Communications Room via the online web chat at or call the non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at

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