Multiple guns have been seized in south London as police double down on a drug gang after a string of shootings.

Warrants were carried out on three Mitcham properties on Friday, June 7.

This led to five arrests as police found weapons, ammunition, dozens of mobile phones and over one thousand wraps of cocaine.

On Saturday, June 8, one man was charged with possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition.

He remains in custody.

The others were released on bail and the investigation is ongoing.

These arrests came after various policing teams have investigated four incidents involving guns in the area over the last 12 months.

Superintendent Luke Mooney, Merton Neighbourhood’s Lead, said: “This incredible achievement of the collective neighbourhood team will have a profound impact on the quality of life for people in Mitcham.

“The teamwork across departments including local Proactive, Community Support and Neighbourhood Officers, Specialist Crime, National Police Air Service, and Dog Units was one of the best collaborative efforts I have seen in my career.

“The team courageously put themselves in harm’s way to keep the public safe in an excellent example of the wider Met leaning in to support community crime fighting.”

Inspector Kevin Chambers, who helped lead the operation, said: “I am incredibly proud of my officers and staff for their ongoing commitment and resilience to reducing crime and building trust.

“These warrants have removed firearms and drugs from our community which we know fuels the violence on our streets and has a devastating and lasting impact on victims.

“The officers involved are to be commended for their dedication and bravery, which has resulted in making Mitcham a safer place.”