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FIVE people have been arrested and firearms seized following a series of warrants executed across the county by detectives from the Essex Police’s Serious Crime Directorate.
Officers carried out a series of dawn raids on Friday March 18 across Basildon and Clacton.
During their searches of properties they seized 17 handguns and ammunition.
Five people have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply illegal firearms and possession of firearms.
The five men – aged 50, 28, 45, 34 and 30 – remain in custody where detectives are continuing to question them.