Police are calling on residents aware of drug dealing to speak out ahead of a new offensive against dealers.

Officers in Croydon are set to launch a mass crackdown on drug dealing, named Operation hawk, in the borough, but want those who know of dealing hotspots, or individuals, to help with their intelligence collecting.

Operation Hawk is specifically aimed at targeting street level dealing, on top of the investigative work that goes into tackling high-level dealers.

Superintendent Rob Atkin, Croydon deputy borough commander said: “Operation Hawk is a renewed emphasis on local policing teams tackling street level drug dealing and associated crime using local community intelligence. We urge the public to come forward with information about who is dealing drugs or committing crime in their area.

“Drug dealing damages communities. It generates crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.

“Community intelligence passed to us will be dealt with as quickly as possible and carefully assessed before, and if, any action is taken. We will then tell communities what action we have taken to address these issues.

To find out how to get in touch with your local Safer Neighbourhoods team visit www.met.police.uk/saferneighbourhoods.