Wannabe Croydon crime boss faces deportation under anti-gang legislation
Exclusive: A wannabe crime boss and founder of Croydon’s biggest criminal gang is to be thrown out of the country.
Joland Giwa, 20, the self-proclaimed “general” of Croydon’s Don’t Say Nothing (DSN) gang, was recently released from prison, where he was serving two years for robbery.
Giwa, responsible for a series of robberies and gang-related crimes in the borough, last month boasted from his prison cell on social networking site Facebook he would be “back on road” soon.
However, Giwa, originally from Sierra Leone, is likely to only see the road to the airport after being arrested immediately upon his release from HMP Rochester.
The gloating gangster, who recently claimed in a DSN video on the internet that “Croydon is our town”, now faces deportation under anti-gang legislation.
Giwa, street name DSN Dexter, came to the UK aged three from Sierra Leone. Upon arrival in the UK he was taken into care after being abandoned.
Sergeant Darin Birmingham, from the Operation Aries gang unit at Croydon police, said: “Joland has a real propensity to violence, he is antisocial, rude and has no respect for his peers or the public. He does what he thinks he can get away with.
“Along with the other DSN members he hunted in a pack.
“He would pick on people on their own or weaker boys who couldn’t stand up for themselves, and his arrest has had a huge impact on crime in the borough.
“As soon as someone is on our radar we will engage teachers, parents and headteachers.
“If they are sent to prison we will monitor while they are inside and identify with the prison service what needs to be done once they are released.
“We work proactively on the streets, and there is a lot of support available for what we do.
"We monitor them both overtly and covertly.”
The new approach to immigrant crime involves police officers from the Metropolitan Police’s intelligence bureau, serious crime directorate, territorial policing and the joint immigration crime team.
The alliance has been created between the Met and United Kingdom Borders Agency to remove criminal immigrants from London boroughs.
Previously, only foreign nationals who had met a threshold of having spent at least two years out of a five-year period in prison were considered for expulsion from the UK.
A UK Border Agency spokesman said: “Our priority is to protect the public, and we believe foreign lawbreakers who commit serious offences should be sent home at the earliest opportunity.
“The UK Borders Act now makes it easier to deport foreign offenders.”
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