Norfolk police yesterday sent out a hard- hitting message to criminals across the county by carrying out a force-wide day of action against those in the county intent on committing crime.

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More than 90 police officers teamed up with PCSOs, special constables and other partner agencies in targeted patrols and raids in the city and in towns and villages throughout the county yesterday.

Dozens of warrants were executed as part of the operation, codenamed Octane, which started in the early hours and went on well into the night with addresses in Norwich, Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn, Thetford, Fakenham, Wymondham, Gorleston and Watton among the places involved in the force-wide operation.

Police have confirmed 28 arrests were made as a result of 19 raids across Norfolk.

Assistant Chief Constable Gareth Wilson, who revealed the operation would not be a one off, said officers were working in conjunction with partner agencies, including local authorities and highways.

He added: “We’ve got 94 officers, partner agencies as well, people who are doing road safety checks, that’s a multi-agency operation.

“Norfolk is one of the safest counties for a reason – one is the community works with us and lets us know what’s going on and two, we respond to that when we’re told.

“We do listen and make sure that those who make the lives of some a misery are pursued ruthlessly.”

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