Drugs and firearm seized in raid at Rothwell travellers’ site

Police officers at a travellers' site in Harrington Road, Rothwell, this morning (Wednesday, March 19)

Police officers at a travellers' site in Harrington Road, Rothwell, this morning (Wednesday, March 19)

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Seven people have been arrested at a travellers’ site in Rothwell after police discovered drugs and a firearm during a morning raid.

As part of a pre-planned operation, armed officers attended a site in Harrington Road, Rothwell at about 7am on Wednesday, March 19.

Roadblocks were placed at the Harrington Road entrance to the A14 roundabout and near the Moorfield Road junction during the operation.

Superintendent Andy Cox, who led the operation, said: “This was a very successful operation which demonstrates our commitment to tackling drug-related activities and keeping the people of Northamptonshire safe.

“A firearm was recovered at the scene as well as a stolen vehicle and a quantity of what is believed to be class A drugs.

“Seven arrests were made during the operation and investigations at the site are ongoing.”

Several police cars and vans were parked at the entrance to the site – which is a few hundred yards from the A14 junction 3 roundabout – this morning.

Pedestrians and cyclists were also being stopped from using the footpath.

Speaking at 5pm on Wednesday, a spokesman for the police said the seven people arrested – three women aged 59, 35, and 39, three men aged 35, 36 and 64 and one teenager – all remain in custody following the operation.