Police raids in Mitcham in the early hours of Wednesday morning were some of many during a County Lines crackdown.

A total of 42 people were arrested after 38 properties were searched at homes across Kent, London, Surrey and Sussex.

The warrants took place over two days during a coordinated operation involving 150 officers and with the assistance of the Metropolitan Police Service and British Transport Police.

On Wednesday 11 March, 350 wraps were seized from an address in Margate after officers entered at 5.30am. Three people were arrested.

Simultaneous raids also took place in Mitcham which resulted in further arrests linked to the supply of drugs in Kent.

Chief Constable Alan Pughsley said: "There are currently around 39 active county line networks in Kent which are being operated mainly from London, but by continuing to target and disrupt the gangs responsible my officers are making it much harder for them to establish a foothold.

"Those associated with gangs think nothing of the violence and misery they bring to our communities, however they should know that our knowledge and intelligence around their activities is comprehensive and growing rapidly. As these warrants show it is only a matter of time before these criminals are arrested and left facing lengthy prison sentences.

"I would like to further reassure residents that we are investing significantly in the number of police officers dedicated to tackling county lines and a coordinated approach with our partners, including other forces, is key to identifying and bringing to justice not only the street dealers, but those higher up the chain who are orchestrating the significant supplies of heroin and crack cocaine.

"Please also remember that your help remains vital. You can be our eyes and ears, so if you see anything suspicious call 101, or 999 if a crime is in progress."