Police shut down drugs farm and urge people to pass them information on criminals

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A large cannabis factory in Bozeat was shut down as part of a month-long police operation to disprupt criminals across Northamptonshire.

Police arrested several people for drug offences, seized an imitation firearm and stopped 150 cars for safety checks during March.

High profile operations were carried out in areas including Kettering and Corby over a number of days during the month.

Officers visited prolific offenders across the county and handed out crime prevention advice to shopkeepers and car dealers.

Chief Inspector Chris Hillery, who led the operation, said: “This was all part of our ongoing drive to reduce crime and help make Northamptonshire the safest place in the country.

“We know drugs are linked to many other crimes, in particular burglary and vehicle crime, and our officers carried out a number of successful warrants during the operation, with a number of arrests. This focus is ongoing and we’re determined to keep up the pressure on those committing crime in our county and bring offenders to justice.

“However, we can’t do this alone. Public support is vital and I would ask anyone who has any knowledge or suspicions of those who might be involved in crime to call us in confidence. Even if they think it’s not important, it could be the final piece of information we’re looking for.”

As part of the operation, £3,000 in unpaid fines was also recovered and a number of people with outstanding warrants were taken to prison.

Garages and alleyways were also checked for their safety and more than 70 fines were issued to motorists for offences including speeding and failure to wear seatbelts.

Northamptonshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Adam Simmonds, joined officers on a raid in Daventry which was carried out as part of the month-long operation.

He said: “It was great to see Northamptonshire’s police officers working so hard to protect the county.

“I’m always impressed when I see our officers at work, they do a great job. And as a police force, we’re very serious about fighting drugs and keeping our communities safe.”