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This morning police raided Topview Farm near Romford in Essex and 20 other locations in an operation against a gang that is suspected of stealing many expensive cars including Jaguars, Range Rovers and BMWs.
It is reported that at least nine arrests were made and 20 warrants were executed in the raids at around 5.45am this morning across Essex and East London.
It is suspected that the targeted gang has stolen up to 90 high-performance vehicles in total worth around £3-4 million over the last 16 months.
Photos show squads of masked police storming the Essex farm and officers using angle grinders to slice through locked gates and storage buildings.
Police used an armoured truck to smash through the iron gates of a farm in Essex, which has several mobile homes on site, they also used an angle grinder to slice through locked gates in this morning’s raids.
A battering ram was used to smash through more reinforced, locked gates as a convoy of police executed their operation under cover of darkness.
Tens of thousands of pounds in cash were seized, and a cannabis factory was also found in a raid in East London.
Properties in Benfleet and Waltham Abbey were also raided as part of this morning’s joint police operation by British Transport Police, Essex Police and the London Metropolitan police.
Properties at Curtis Mill Lane in Navestock were among some of those targeted by officers in the raids
The vehicles will be checked to see if they are stolen after the raids this morning.
The thieves are believed to have stolen the valuable cars with the aid of tow trucks, with many thought to have been stolen from car parks at railway stations.
It follows a large investigation into the theft of many expensive cars throughout Essex and London.