The Golders Green Safer Transport Team coordinated a huge operation in Golders Green bus station on Wednesday 2 March 2011 night stopping buses coming in from abroad.
The operation ran from 10pm on Wednesday to 10am on Thursday with five coaches being stopped and officers using airport style security on international travellers including dogs, metal detectors and x-ray machines. The aim of the operation was to find drugs, weapons and any other illegal contraband, as well as identifying any illegal immigrants.
Due to the successes of the regular operations run down at Victoria, this has displaced criminal activity, with passengers alighting and boarding at alternative locations.
Golders Green is a principal location for some international coach operators; where they only come in/out of the country and their only port of call is Golders Green Bus Station.
The results of the operation were as follows:
4 arrests 2 immigration offenders
1 wanted on warrant
1 offensive weapon (machete)
3 bladed seizures (under amnesty)
2 cannabis seizures
16 Stop and searches
18 Stop and accounts
Among the three bladed items seized were a very large machete (pictured) which was sheathed in tin foil and hidden in a bag. A 35 year old man from Romania was arrested in connection with the machete.
Safer Transport Team Sergeant Lee Cannon said: “Drawing from the best practice used in similar exercises in Westminster, we were able to effectively work in partnership with national agencies to achieve some excellent results at Golders Green. “We were able to draw on a huge pool of resources, staff and equipment to show criminals that we are always watching and will run operations like this frequently and without notice.
“Operation Sharvor enables us to place the type of screening techniques as you would expect at an airport, directed towards National and international coaches. “Feedback from passengers was extremely positive.
“The withdrawal of knives, drugs and wanted persons from our coaches on this occasion alone, demonstrates how we are committed to working innovatively to promote safer travel and protecting the people of Barnet and London as a whole”