Met Police officers have rescued dogs from an alleged “dog fighting” property in northeast London.
Officers also discovered a firearm, combat knives, and stolen plant machinery.
Three men aged between 28-35, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of dangerous dog offences, handling stolen goods, possession of a firearm and possession of offensive weapons in a private place.
PC Tom Landels of the Met’s North East Command said: “There was a significant amount of property and a number of dogs seized during this operation.
“The plant machinery will be returned to the lawful owners and the dogs will undergo assessment while they are cared for at a police kennel facility.
“Dog fighting is brutal, fundamentally cruel and is an organised crime that operates secretly with no regard for animal welfare.”
The three men in question have been released under investigation, while enquiries remain ongoing.
If you know about dog fighting in your area call 101 or Tweet @MetCC. To remain 100% anonymous call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.