Cops will be out in force on the streets of Croydon today targeting burglars and thieves as part of a Met-wide operation.

Across the borough search warrants are being executed and officers will be carrying out checks at pawn shops and other stores where thieves try to sell on stolen goods.

Uniformed and plain clothes officers will also be on patrol at robbery and burglary hotspots to catch crooks in the act.

And automatic number plate recognition cameras are being used to catch criminals while they are driving around Croydon.

Officer in charge Commander Mak Chishty said: “The Metropolitan Police is committed to driving down crime and its generators in London.

“Crimes like burglary, robbery and theft have a huge impact on the people who are victims.

“Work continues day in and day out to target those responsible and the networks they use to sell on stolen property, but big highly visible operations like today play a major part in the fight against crime and demonstrates there is no hiding place for criminals.”

Today's Operation Big Wing involves more than 5,500 officers from across 32 boroughs, safer transport command and specialist units, including the territorial support group and dogs unit, working with partners to carry out a wide range of operational and crime prevention activities as part of an ongoing drive to cut crime in London.