by JUSTIN DAVENPORT, CRIME EDITOR
Police raided hundreds of market stalls and secondhand retailers across London in a crackdown on gangs running a multimillion-pound racket in stolen mobile phones.
The operation, conducted by 5,000 officers across the capital’s 32 boroughs, coincided with police raids in 10 other European countries against mainly Eastern European gangs.
The gangs target large crowds in European capitals, such as the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Dublin at the weekend, and sell the phones at secondhand markets around the world.
In Brixton, 30 officers raided market stallholders suspected of “fencing” hundreds of phones
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