Armed police in Peak swoop

BUXTON police joined forces with the Metropolitan Police’s Flying Squad this week to arrest a man in Peak Dale, who is suspected of being involved in a series of crimes in London and the Home Counties.

The 39-year-old was arrested at around 2pm on Tuesday at an address on Batham Gate Road. He was initially taken to Buxton Police Station but was later transferred to an east London police station.

In a statement issued yesterday (Wednesday), the Metropolitan Police said the man was being interviewed by officers from the Flying Squad at Barking, on suspicion of an attempted robbery at a Ladbrokes bookmakers in East Ham on November 30 2011; two attempted non-residential burglaries in Newham Borough in east London, and an attempted non-residential burglary in the Home Counties area.

Derbyshire Police said information was received by Buxton officers that the suspect was in the area. Extensive enquiries confirmed his presence and an operation was carried out at around 2pm on Tuesday (January 3) to arrest him.

Specialist firearms officers carried out the operation at Batham Gate Road, Peak Dale near Buxton. The man surrendered to police without incident.

Detective Inspector Jim Allen of Buxton CID said: “We became aware of this man’s presence and by careful enquiries confirmed he was there.

“Given the nature of the crimes he was wanted for, we deployed specialist firearms officers, supported by dog handlers and the helicopter to detain him.

“When confronted by officers, he was detained without incident.

“I hope other residents of Batham Gate Road, who may have been alarmed by the police activity, are reassured that the necessary steps were taken to safeguard them and their property.”