Eight arrested in morning drugs raids

More than 80 officers raided 15 properties in Kettering, Wellingborough, Irthlingborough and Corby as part of an operation to disrupt the drugs trade in the north of the county.

Eight people were arrested as part of the operation – part of which was captured on video by a Telegraph reporter.

Police raid an address at Queen Eleanor Court, Kettering, on suspicion of supplying drugs. A suspect is led away by police.

Police raid an address at Queen Eleanor Court, Kettering, on suspicion of supplying drugs. A suspect is led away by police.

We also captured drug sniffer dog Billy in action, along with his handler PC Ian McDonald, sniffing out some suspected Class A drugs.

The video of Billy can be found by clicking here.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said Class A and Class B drugs have been seized, as have a car and a large quantity of cash.

In addition:

* A 23-year-old man was arrested in Rutland Street, Kettering for possession with intent to supply class B drugs

* A 45-year-old woman was arrested in Rutland Street, Kettering for conspiracy to supply class B drugs

* An 18-year-old man was arrested in Rutland Street, Kettering for breach of bail offences

* A 43-year-old man was arrested in Rutland Street, Kettering for conspiracy to supply class A drugs

* A 35-year-old man was arrested in Wood Street, Kettering for conspiracy to supply class A drugs

* A 36-year-old woman was arrested in Sanby Road, Corby for conspiracy to supply class A drugs

* A 41-year-old man was arrested in Kettering for conspiracy to supply class A drugs

* A 31-year-old woman was arrested in Tresham Street, Kettering for possession of class A drugs

Police said the activity is the culmination of a long-term investigation into drugs supply and related offences in the county.

Senior investigating officer, Chief Inspector Nick Purdie said: “Today has been a hugely successful day. Local people have raised their concerns about drug and criminal activity in Kettering and surrounding areas and we have worked hard to be in a position where we can make a substantial number of arrests.

“We are committed to improving the way of life for local people by disrupting and preventing criminal activity on their doorsteps.

“Northamptonshire Police has made significant progress in tackling drugs and other crimes in Kettering and surrounding areas and we will continue to tackle offenders robustly.”

Police and Crime Commissioner, Adam Simmonds, went along to observe the operation and commented: “This operation hits at the heart of organised crime and will help make our county safer. It’s been a pleasure to observe the dedication of officers and staff who have made a significant difference today.”

To see more pictures from the police raid click here.