Four arrested in Southend operation to tackle drugs and knife crime

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FOUR people were arrested in Southend yesterday as part of an anti-knife crime operation.

Officers, aided by British Transport Police, executed warrants and carried out a stop-and-search operation in the borough on Tuesday, November 26.

The operation was carried out under the banner of Operation Sceptre, which aims ‘to tackle serious violent crime in public places, particularly knife crime’.

Officers from the county’s drugs squad, Operation Raptor, participated in the raids.

The first arrest, in Northumberland Avenue, followed a man being stopped and searched at around 6.45pm.

He was arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply and possessing firearms, after a warrant was executed at a flat in Victoria Road.

The other two arrests followed the stop-and-search of a car.

Officers stopped a green Ford Focus in Eastern Esplanade.

A 29-year-old man – the driver – was arrested on suspicion of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply and possessing cannabis.

A 25-year-old man – his passenger – was arrested on suspicion of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply, possessing cannabis with intent to supply and assaulting an emergency worker.

All four men are in custody today.

Inspector Ian Hughes, from Southend’s community policing team, said: “This is the most recent in many days of action, all of which have been supported by our colleagues in the British Transport Police, who have played a key role in the success.”

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Mick Ferris

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