"We are absolutely hammering the criminals": Another busy week for Northants police

Cannabis factories, drugs busts and burglars keep police busy

By Phoebe Radford
Friday, 19th June 2020, 10:20 am
Updated Friday, 19th June 2020, 10:23 am
Superintendent Dennis Murray leads Northamptonshire Police in the north of the county
Superintendent Dennis Murray leads Northamptonshire Police in the north of the county

Police in the north of the county have had another busy week with the discovery of a cannabis factory, drugs busts and burglars dealt with.

Superintendent Dennis Murray, the officer leading Northamptonshire Police in the north, said: "Proactive policing is what people want to see and it's what gets results - we have no plans to slow down or ease up.

"We are absolutely hammering the criminals at the moment and intend to carry on doing so."

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Last Friday (June 12), a cannabis factory was found in a five-bedroom house in Park Road, Rushden. Police seized 184 plants and four men aged 22, 27, 29 and 32 were arrested.

That same day, officers found 18 wraps of heroin and 62 wraps of cocaine at an address in Mill Road, Wellingborough, and arrested a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.

Class A drugs were found again the following day (Saturday, June 13), when a warrant was executed in Brook Street, Raunds.

Police also found an AK47 and drugs equipment such as scales and deal bags. Two men aged 22 and 25 were arrested in connection with the raid.

Another cannabis factory was discovered on Wednesday (June 17) in Great Oakley. The large-six bedroom house had been converted into a factory with more than 600 plants.

The Northants Telegraph had exclusive access to the police search of the property, which is on one of Corby's most expensive streets.

It's not just drug crime keeping the force busy. Yesterday evening (Thursday, June 18), two masked men were seen breaking into an industrial unit in Henson Way, Kettering.

Police arrived at the scene to try to catch them. When officers arrived, the men ran off and drove away in their black BMW 3 Series.

The Road Crime Team were sent to pursue the criminals and a chase began down the A14 and on to the A508. The BMW drove in excess of 100mph in 30mph zones.

The two men, aged 37 and 40, were stopped with a stinger on Lamport Road and arrested.

Also this week Gavin Appleyard, 41, of Elm Road, Kettering, has been charged with attempted burglary and two counts of vehicle interference.

All incidents happened in Barton Seagrave in January .

Andru-Jay Burgess, 20, of Finland Way, Corby, appeared at Northampton Magistrates last week and was given a conditional discharge and fine for criminal damage after he'd damaged an Audi A3 and bicycle on the Kingswood estate in May.

Supt Murray said: "I hope the public continue to be reassured by the good results we keep getting and I want them to know that we remain committed to making Northamptonshire an even safer and nicer place to live.

"Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our special constabulary who demonstrate their dedication to policing this county time and time again – they are absolutely crucial in allowing us to be more and more proactive."

If you have any information on suspicious activity in your area, call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or report it online.