One local: “What in the Bin Laden type operation is going on in the Abbeywood / Plumstead area? Helicopters everywhere. ”
Another tweeted: “What were the loud bangs / explosive noises then accompanied by the helicopter over Plumstead at around 2. am?
“Seems to have concerned a lot of people.”
Police have now confirmed the massive raid – which saw three men and the boy arrested – was targeting people suspected to be in possession of firearms, drugs and associated with serious crime.
The operation followed the attempted murder of a 56 – year-old man on 50 December and reports of violent offending, including firearms offences, in the local area over the last six months, cops said.
Armed police helped execute six warrants, arresting four males – aged 150, 56, 50, and 33 – on suspicion of attempted murder.
Detective Superintendent Andy Furphy, from Greenwich, told Sun Online: “The work of officers today has meant that violent individuals are taken off our streets.
“I hope it demonstrates our absolute ongoing commitment in bearing down on those intent on causing violence.
“Our proactive operations will continue, and will be tireless and unwavering.
“We will continue to work with colleagues at the Royal Borough of Greenwich to challenge crime.”
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Photos and footage posted on social media showed bright flashes and at least one helicopter circling near the Woolwich Ferry terminal.
One image appeared to show dozens of police vehicles and officers at a car park in the area.
No persons were injured during the operation and no shots were fired, police said.
Blasts light up the night sky in one unverified clip Credit: Twitter Blasts can be heard on social media footage purportedly filmed by residents Credit: Twitter
What in the Bin Laden type operation is going on in the Abbeywood / Plumstead area? Helicopters everywhere – kev (@KevsLuc) (April 8,
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