Police arrests after properties raided in Trowbridge and Swindon (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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Police arrests after properties raided in Trowbridge and Swindon
Wiltshire Police were out in force in Trowbridge and Swindon today as they clamped down on anti-social behaviour, drugs and theft as part of Operation Harness.
Five teams of officers were out as part of the countywide operation to reduce crime and disorder in neighbourhoods.
DS Mark Kent, who was in charge of an operation in Stallard Street, Trowbridge, said: “We are executing a number of warrants in Trowbridge and Swindon, targeting people who are causing community issues and problems.”
“We are getting a positive message out to the community that we are responding to information that they have provided and encourage them to continue to give information to assist us.”
A number of warrants were executed this morning as the first stage of Operation Harness.
Warrants were executed at residential addresses in Swindon and Trowbridge.
As a result of these warrants:
• 22 addresses searched
• 13 people arrested – for suspicion of handling stolen goods, possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs, possession of drugs, money laundering, cultivation of cannabis and possession of firearm (believed to be a stun gun)
• Drugs seized at 13 addresses
• 2 Hydroponics set-ups (used for the cultivation of cannabis) dismantled.
• Approximately £2,000 cash seized.
• Operation Harness leaflets delivered to approximately 1,000 addresses.
Local Policing Commander Temporary Chief Superintendent Paul Mills said: “The execution of warrants across our county today was the first stage of Operation Harness and highlights the importance of community-based intelligence.
“I hope that these warrants and subsequent arrests act as a stark warning to those in our communities who break the law by supplying or possessing drugs or firearms and those believed to be involved in money laundering.
“I would also urge anyone who thinks they have information of value to the police to contact us immediately – as these warrants have shown, we will act on information provided.
“The execution of these warrants is part of a number of days of action that the Force will be undertaking under Operation Harness.
“All information given to Wiltshire Police will be treated in the strictest confidence.”
Anyone wishing to report anything they believe to be suspicious, should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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