Police carried out dramatic dawn raids of about a dozen properties in Wellingborough this morning (Wednesday, June 18).
Raids took place at about 15 addresses across the town, focused around the Hemmingwell estate.
More than 100 officers took part, supported by serious and organised crime teams and firearms units. The police helicopter was also on standby to provide assistance.
You can see pictures from the raids by clicking here.
At one home on a quiet residential street where the Northants Telegraph followed officers, a gun was found in a hedge. A specialist team was called in to remove the weapon.
Police swooped on the homes at about 6.30am, and are currently conducting painstaking searches of each property.
They were acting on intelligence gathered in recent weeks in a bid to clamp down on drug dealers, with reports suggesting there had been increasing use of guns on the Hemmingwell estate by gang members trying to intimidate rivals.
However, Detective Chief Inspector Nick Lyall, who led the operation, said the general public should not worry unduly. He added: “There’s absolutely no evidence available to us at the moment to indicate that firearms or other weapons are being used to intimidate innocent members of the public.”
Following the raids, which together comprise a high-impact day by the force, officers will spend time reassuring members of the community living near where raids had taken place.
Det Chief Insp Lyall said his first impressions were that the operation had gone well.
He added: “One of our main intentions today was to recover firearms and drugs. Having achieved that, having arrested a number of individuals across the estate – that was clearly the aim of the operation – yes, it’s been successful from our perspective.”