Update: More than 30 arrests made by Norfolk police as part of day of action against criminals
PUBLISHED: 13:50 12 October 2012 | UPDATED: 09:36 14 October 2012
More than 30 people have now been arrested as part of a high-profile day of action targeting criminals across the county.
The force-wide clampdown - codenamed Operation Octane - kick-started in the early hours of yesterday (Thursday 11 October) as doors of suspected drug dealers were forced open and properties throughout Norfolk searched.
A total of 29 warrants were executed yesterday as part of the day of action, resulting in 34 arrests. However the blitz did not just focus on drug related crime as officers, PCSOs, Special Constabulary colleagues and other partners continued their work throughout the day and into night to combat issues including burglary, anti-social behaviour, sexual offences and violent crime.
Assistant Chief Constable Gareth Wilson, who accompanied officers on raids in Norwich, said the idea of the operation was to put a spotlight on the work the Constabulary does every day.
“Norfolk is one of the safest counties in England and Wales for a reason and that is because we work closely with our communities to identify problems and then take appropriate action to swiftly to resolve them.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who provided assistance and gave up their time to make our job that much easier.”
Other activities included road policing operations, high visibility patrols - including Specials on horseback - in rural locations, visits to scrapyards, cycling checks, targeted patrols to prevent street drinking and drug screening and inspections at licensed premises in Norwich’s night-time economy.
The constabulary’s four-legged friends also accompanied officers on raids and were deployed in the city throughout night to assist search teams looking for drugs.
Items recovered and seized throughout the intensive operation included over 100 cannabis plants, thousands of pounds of cash and offensive weapons including machetes and replica hand guns.
Eight puppies and their mother were also found living in squalor in a raid in Norwich.
ACC Wilson, added: “We wish to make it clear to those intent on making life difficult for residents of Norfolk that such behaviour is not acceptable and they should expect a knock on their door sometime in the future.”
People across Norfolk were able to hear, see and comment on the operation as up-to-the-minute messages, photos and videos were posted on the force’s social media accounts under the hash-tag #ItsWhatWeDo, highlighting that the actions taken were an illustration of what police do every day to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in the county.
The operation supported Norfolk’s policing priorities which aimed to use resources effectively to target those crime categories and issues that cause the most harm to the people of Norfolk.
• A 22-year-old man arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis with intent to supply following a raid at a property in Lavengro Road, Norwich yesterday, has been questioned and released on bail while officers continue with their inquiries. Officers searched the house and discovered about 20 wraps on cannabis in a bag which had been thrown from a first floor window as officers entered the address. A quantity of cash was also seized.
A 28-year-old man and a 32-year-old man arrested in connection with cannabis production after 30 cannabis plants were discovered growing in a flat in Heathgate, Norwich, raided by police yesterday, have also been released on bail pending inquiries.
Eight puppies and their mother were found in a bedroom living in squalor conditions resulting in an RSPCA officer visiting the address.
Officers also searched an address in Victoria Street yesterday afternoon after a 26-year-old man was arrested in the city centre on suspicion of theft. Police seized approximately £2,500 at the property under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Police also took part in a cycling initiative responding to concerns and complaints about people cycling on pavements.
Officers carried out checks in Magdalen Street, London Street and St Stephens, issuing 18 fixed penalty notices.
• Officers visited vulnerable rural locations to offer crime prevention advice on rural-specific crime while officers from the Special Constabulary carried out horseback patrols in Mulbarton.
• Police carried out a warrant at an address in Orchard Way in Wymondham where nine wraps of cannabis were discovered.
• A 17-year-old boy was arrested in connection with possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply and taken into police custody for questioning. He has subsequently been released on bail pending further inquiries.
• Officers carried out vehicle checks in Wroxham Road in Rackheath and in Fakenham Road in Lenwade.