BREAKING NEWS: Loaded gun discovered as police arrest five during raids in town and villages

Anyone with information should call the police on 101
Anyone with information should call the police on 101

A loaded hand gun was discovered and five people arrested by officers on a series of raids across in Bedford and Shefford yesterday, Wednesday, July 30.

The three men and two women were arrested from houses in Riverview, Shefford; Saunton Close, Biddenham, and The Highway in Shortstown. All were arrested on conspiracy to supply class A drugs and are currently still in custody.

At Biddenham around £3,000 in suspected cocaine was discovered while the revolver was located at Shortstown.

The warrants were a proactive operation to disrupt a drug trafficking team thought to be supplying to Bedford town centre and the Queen’s Park area.

Two weeks ago, a separate group was arrested and five people were charged with a variety of drugs offences following arrests in Bedford, Biggleswade and Northampton.

Both sets of warrants are two of a number of separate operations carried out in the last few

weeks aimed at criminals of all sorts in Bedford town centre. The operations have targeted

drug dealers, shops selling illicit or counterfeit tobacco, anti-social behaviour and have also sought to help those struggling with substance misuse to seek effective help.

Chief Insp Julian Frost, who runs community policing for Bedford, said: “We’re working hard to support the people who live and work in the town centre. So far the area has seen an increase in uniform officers patrolling the area, the arrest and charge of drug dealers and the attachment of a dedicated police officer. We know we’re being effective as a local man who uses drugs said of the town centre “all the dealers I know have been nicked and I can’t score”.

“We are determined to improve things for the vast majority of law abiding people who live, shop and pass through the town centre of Bedford. I hope people are seeing the benefits of what we are doing. And for those people who still see Bedford as a place they can sell drugs on our streets, be aware that you could be next in our sights,” he said.

If you have information about drug dealers, you can always contact Crimestoppers, the

independent charity which takes anonymous information from the public on its free phone line 0800 555111. You do not have to give your name, the calls are not traced and no-one will know you called.