Seven arrested in Kettering and Corby drugs raids

Police prepare to carry out drugs raids in Kettering and Corby
Police prepare to carry out drugs raids in Kettering and Corby

Seven people were arrested in a series of drugs raids in Kettering, Corby and Rothwell on Wednesday and Thursday.

Police raided 11 homes and said the arrests were in connection with various offences, including possession of drugs and cannabis cultivation, and two people were given cannabis warnings.

Officers also carried out what they called ‘disruption visits’ at the addresses of a number of known offenders.

Chief Insp Chris Hillery, who led the operation, said: “These two days of targeted activity were part of our ongoing drive to reduce crime and help make Northamptonshire the safest place in the country.

“Drugs are linked to many other crimes, in particular burglary and vehicle crime, and officers carried out a number of successful warrants during the operation with a number of arrests.

“This focus is ongoing and we 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 you think it’s not important, it could be the final piece of information we’re looking for.”

Alongside the raids, beat officers were out on patrol in Kettering – including Ise Lodge, Highfield Road, All Saints and Brambleside – looking out for homes and cars where doors and windows had been left unlocked.

They were joined by councillors and police cadets who gave crime prevention advice to residents.

The safer roads team carried out speed enforcement checks and 64 speeding tickets were given out. Nine motorists were given tickets for not wearing a seatbelt.

Uninsured or unroadworthy vehicles were also being targeted. On Wednesday, officers from the specialist operations team were based in St James Industrial Estate in Corby, where they stopped 32 vehicles, seizing four that were found to have no insurance.

On Thursday, police were joined by colleagues from Trading Standards, the Vehicle and Operators Services Agency, the DVLA and Kettering Council’s taxi licensing team, at Northfield Retail Park in Kettering.

More than 40 vehicles were stopped and checked and drivers were given road safety advice.

Anyone with information about offences can phone Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.