[from Hackney Gazette]
Blackstock Road crackdown on selling of stolen goods
31 August 2007
A THRIVING black market for stolen goods in Finsbury Park is fuelling street crime across London.
Stolen laptops, mobile phones and satellite navigation systems are being sold in the cafés of Blackstock Road.
Police have said the stolen items are being traced to street robberies and burglaries as far afield as Westminster and Camden.
Now the Met has launched a six-month crackdown to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in the area.
Chief Insp Jane Johnson, who is leading the operation, said: “We have information that the handling of stolen goods in Blackstock Road is common.
“The intelligence suggests that this activity is funding crime in London, particularly Camden and Westminster.”
Chief Insp Johnson said many café owners wanted to prevent people selling stolen goods in their premises, but felt too intimidated.