The six men arrested have been charged with the following offences:
Mesut Baybasin, aged 42 from Edgeware; Serdar Ozbek, aged 32 from Harrow; Mahmut Gunay, aged 24 from Edmonton; and Ramazan Kayar, aged 25 from Harrow, were all charged with offences of conspiracy to demand money with menaces (Blackmail), conspiracy to kidnap and conspiracy to cause GBH.
Ozbek was also charged alongside Hamit Kurtulmus, aged 34 from Enfield; and Hakan Ates, aged 24 from Ilford, with a separate count of conspiracy to cause GBH.
Ozbek, Gunay and Kurtulmus were additionally charged with demanding money with menaces, and Ozbek was further charged with another offence of demanding money with menaces.
All six were remanded in custody yesterday at Wimbledon Magistrates to appear at Woolwich Crown Court on 7th July.
25 June 2014
The NCA and the Metropolitan Police have today carried out a major operation against a suspected organised crime group in North London.
Six men, aged between 24 and 42, were arrested for offences including conspiracies to commit blackmail and assault which are believed to be linked to loan sharking and the extortion of businesses.
Around 250 officers were involved in the operation and 11 premises are currently being searched. The men are being interviewed at police stations across London.
Oliver Higgins, Branch Commander for the NCA, commented:
“These arrests are part of an on-going operation conducted by the National Crime Agency with the Metropolitan Police and Trading Standards colleagues. The scale of today’s activity shows how seriously law enforcement agencies take protecting the public from violent offending.
“We hope the arrests will help members of the diverse communities in London and further afield feel confident that they can report any concerns to their local police, be that about threats of violence or other criminal activity. You can also report crime anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111”
To report a loan shark contact 0300 555 2222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org