Police raid 17 homes in bid to reduce crime

Police Raids: Kettering: police investigating acquisitive crime and drugs offfences Class A Lancaster Road, raid a house. Breaking down the door whilst householders are inside with their Staffy. 'Wednesday 27th June 2012
Police Raids: Kettering: police investigating acquisitive crime and drugs offfences Class A Lancaster Road, raid a house. Breaking down the door whilst householders are inside with their Staffy. 'Wednesday 27th June 2012
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Drugs, stolen goods, a weapon and cash were found by police officers when they raided 17 homes of suspected criminals.

More than 80 officers swooped on properties across Kettering and Wellingborough yesterday morning. The operation was carried out in response to a recent increase in crime across Kettering.

Police raid a home in Kettering this morning

Police raid a home in Kettering this morning

Ten people were arrested for a number of offences, including firearms offences, possession of drugs with intent to supply, burglary and assault.

Officers seized about £12,000 in cash and recovered what is believed to be a firearm and 91 rounds of prohibited ammunition at an address in Kettering. A man wanted for burglary offences in Lithuania was also arrested in Kettering.

Dramatic scenes unfolded as officers broke down the door at a home in Lancaster Road, Kettering.

Screams from the male and female occupants could be heard as their front door was being battered.

In May 2,000 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of £700,000 were found at another property in Lancaster Road.

Stunned neighbours looked on as officers descended on their street once again yesterday.

Rachel Sleight, 31, of Lancaster Road, said: “I was just coming back from the school run and I saw the riot van overtake me. I could hear a commotion.

“It just seems to be going on everywhere in the street at the moment. I have got two small children so I was pleased to see the police.”

Jason Jones, 24, of Lancaster Road, said: “It’s good because we want the criminals off the streets and we want to see crime going back down. This used to be a lovely area.

“There has been a lot of police around here lately – we were quite shocked about the cannabis factory.”

Kettering’s top police officer vowed more raids would follow.

Kettering sector commander Insp Richard Aistrop said: “Kettering has seen a reduction in crime in the past few years, but there has been a increase in the past few months – and this is our response.

“Serious acquisitive crime is often linked to drug use. We were on the look -out for any stolen property and any evidence or intelligence.

“We had resources from across the county to assist us carry out the warrants at the properties in Kettering and Wellingborough. We believe the properties in Wellingborough may be linked to crime in Kettering.”

Chief Insp Chris Hillery, district commander, added: “There are a small minority of people who cause a significant number of problems in our communities.

“They disregard the law and are intent on committing crime. This operation was about demonstrating that the police and the community will not take it. The pressure on criminals will be relentless. We are committed to reducing crime and improving the quality of life for our communities.”

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