Officers threatened by samurai sword during police raids

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Police officers had to tackle a man to the floor after he threatened them with a samurai sword during a targeted drug raid in Rushden last week.

In two days of ‘targeted enforcement activity’ on Thursday January 24 and Friday January 25, a total of six premises in Rushden were searched and five people were arrested.

East Northants Sector Commander, Inspector Vaughan Clarke, said: “We executed four search warrants simultaneously in the area of Birch Road On Thursday 24 January, as a result of intelligence we had developed locally.

“Officers forced entry into the properties and the searches resulted in a significant amount of drugs, cash and drugs paraphernalia being seized.

“An offender threatened officers with a samurai sword during one of the warrants. The 45 year old man was quickly disarmed and arrested for affray and possession of controlled drugs, and a number of similar samurai swords were seized.

“A total of four arrests were made during the first day and those people are now assisting us with our enquiries. All were men aged 45, 31, 27 and 25 years respectively”

Officers teamed up with colleagues from Northamptonshire County Council Trading Standards during the second day of action. Two additional premises in the Rushden area were searched in relation to a joint investigation being led by Trading Standards. As a result, a 36 year old man was arrested in connection with offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations.

Inspector Clarke continued: “We have a pro-active team of police officers based at Rushden Police Station who act on intelligence against local offenders, and we will continue to target those involved in criminality in the area.

“This part of the county reported the lowest ever recorded crime levels in the county during the last performance-year, which ends at the beginning of April, and we are on target to see another big reduction in crime at the end of this performance year.”