Police crack down on con artists
Police have swooped on suspected con artists by sneaking up on them in a double-decker bus.
Undercover officers from the Metropolitan Police boarded a red London bus to pull up alongside dozens of alleged gambling tricksters just yards from the Houses of Parliament.
They commandeered a No 2 for a day so they could pounce on the illegal gamers, said to prey on unsuspecting tourists, on Westminster Bridge.
Officers made more than 12 arrests.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "By using the bus to arrive unseen and en masse officers were able to arrive right next to the suspects and quickly fill the area to prevent the suspects' escape and make at least 12 arrests."
London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "We are rightly clamping down on the gangs of illegal gamers and thieves who can make visiting central London a misery. We are weeks away from a fantastic Olympic Games and there is no place in our city for criminals who profit from preying on visitors.
"We are working to rid our streets of these criminal networks and our actions mean that visitors and Londoners will be better able to focus on the games and enjoy the best London has to offer."
Hundreds of officers throughout this week have made more than 54 arrests in a crackdown on thieves and con artists on the streets of the capital called Operation Ursus.