Man arrested after drugs, cash and weapons are found in house in Central Bedfordshire

Property is closed after members of the public raise alarm

Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 12:53 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 12:54 pm

A man has been arrested and a property closed after police officers recovered cash, drugs and weapons.

In a joint operation between police and housing association Grand Union, a large amount of cannabis as well as suspected crack cocaine, cash, an air weapon and a hunting knife were seized during the raid on Wednesday, June 2.

Members of the public raised concerns about drug dealing at the property which led to the raid in Henlow.

Items seized during the raid

A man in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs as part of the operation.

On Thursday, June 3, police also successfully applied for a closure order on the address, barring anyone from entering it for three months.

Acting Inspector Louise Bates said: “We know the massive concern that our communities have about drug dealing, which can often come with violence, anti-social behaviour as well as the exploitation of children and other vulnerable people.

“This operation shows we are prepared to act on these concerns, working with specialist teams and other agencies to maximise the powers available to us to stop activity which is blighting the lives of people across Bedfordshire.

Items seized during the raid

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The man arrested has been released on bail, pending further enquiries.

Phil Hardy, executive director of operations at Grand Union, said: “By working closely with Bedfordshire Police, Central Bedfordshire Council and most importantly the local community, we’re showing that together we will not tolerate criminal activity and anti-social behaviour, and we will act to bring an end to these corrosive activities.

“We’re working in partnership with Bedfordshire Police and Central Bedfordshire Council, to make people feel safer and more at home in Henlow, and also trying to bring some positive community spirit and pride back to the area.

Items seized during the raid

“We welcome the vigilance of community members, which led to an arrest made by Bedfordshire Police, which will help to reduce anti-social behaviour in our communities and bring some well-deserved peace and quiet for those living in the area.”