Arrests made in morning raids

By Geoff Berkeley 16/03 Updated: 16/03 09:42

Buy photos » Officers smash their way through a door in a property in Warndon and then sift there way through the belongings inside.

CLASS A drugs, cannabis, firearms ammunition and stolen property were seized during a series of early morning raids by police.

Six men and a woman were arrested as police targeted properties in Worcester on Thursday (March 15) morning.

The Standard were invited to join one of the nine groups of West Mercia Police officers who were taking part in Operation Largo, as arrests were made in Warndon, Tolladine and Rainbow Hill.

Sixteen properties were targeted by the 60 officers, with a man arrested for firearms offences on Rose Avenue and another man arrested on suspicion of possessing a Class A drug on Goldsmith Road.

Four men and a woman were also arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis on Borrowdale Drive, Rydale Close and Oakridge Close, in Warndon, and Mayfield Road in Rainbow Hill.

The operation formed part of the Love Your Home Campaign launched last month which aims to support householders against the threat of burglars.

Superintendent Steve Cullen said he was delighted with the efforts of his officers and hoped the operation sent a strong message to other would-be-criminals.

"From what I understand we have had some success with the recovery of firearms ammunition, Class A drugs and I believe some stolen property," he said.

"It just shows that the intelligence coming into us is the right information and we are targeting the right people. We will be relentless with that."

"One of the reasons we are aware of these people who cause harm is because the community tell us about that and I would encourage the community to give us all the information and the intelligence they can and we will do our very best to act upon that."

Buy photos» An officer sifts through items in one property as he searches for traces of drugs. Picture by Geoff Berkeley. Order this picture at www.buyphotos247.com

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