MURDER SUSPECT IS ARRESTED IN RAIDS

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A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of murder during a series of police raids.

The Polish national was wanted in his own country on suspicion of domestic-related murder.

Officers detained him on Thursday under a European arrest warrant after he was picked up in Wellingborough town centre during a Northamptonshire Police high-impact day.

The 48-year-old was taken into custody at Wellingborough Police Station and then transported to Westminster where he is being held while extradition proceedings take place.

More than 40 officers from across the county took part in the high-impact day.

The operation was aimed at reducing violent offending and was particularly focused on domestic abuse, serious sexual offences, the night-time economy and alcohol harm reduction.

Some of the county’s most prolific violent offenders were targeted on the day.

Police say a number of significant arrests were made throughout the day, including a man and woman from Bedfordshire for conspiracy to possess a firearm and put a person in fear of violence following an incident in Northamptonshire at the weekend.

Nine violent offenders were arrested for matters including grievous bodily harm and racially aggravated assault.

Officers also visited 400 licensed premises across Northamptonshire in a bid to increase trust and confidence with owners and employees of the premises.

They also checked age restriction policies were visibly advertised and ensured that checks for identification were being made.

Violence reduction team inspector Kev Byrne said: “The high-impact day was extremely successful, focusing on the force priority to tackle violence and violence-related crime.

“My message to offenders is this: think about what you are doing – your actions can have very serious consequences for you and your victim.

“One punch can result in serious injury or death.

“If you carry out a violent crime, expect a knock at your door from one of our officers. Violent crime of any kind will not be tolerated in Northamptonshire.”