POLICE hunting a notorious gang involved in serious violence, including a shooting that paralysed a five-year-old girl, this morning raided properties in Edinburgh.
Classed as one of the most high-harm criminal networks in London, the Guns and Shanks gang runs a drug-dealing network and members have been linked to a string of violent crimes.
These include the shooting of Thusha Kamaleswaran, the little girl who was catastrophically injured as she played in her uncle’s shop in Stockwell, London, in 2011.
Police carried out a series of early morning swoops today, including 12 warrants executed in London and another 11 further afield.
These included seven in the Thames Valley, one in Essex, one in Bedfordshire and two in Edinburgh.
Detective Chief Inspector Tim Champion said 29 arrests had been made in the past 24 hours.
The raids were the latest phase of a police crackdown on the so-called GAS gang – which is based in Lambeth, south London – that has seen a total of 88 arrests.
Mr Champion said: “It’s a London-based gang but they’re extending their drugs network and finding new markets to ensure they get more money.
“They’ve got their tentacles into Home Counties and further afield because they want to expand the amount of profit they can get.
“The reason we target them is that we still get the associated violence in London when they return.”