Update: Armed police carry out operations in Norwich and Long Stratton

Armed response unit at Whitwell Road.

Armed response unit at Whitwell Road. - Credit: David Van Edwards

Armed police arrested five people in raids across Norwich this morning.

Officers, including armed units, attended addresses in Whitwell Road, Ladbrooke Place and Humbleyard in Norwich as well as an address in Lime Tree Avenue, Long Stratton, as part of a planned operation in connection with an ongoing investigation.

Five arrests have been made, although it is not yet clear how many people were arrested where.

On Whitwell Road, a neighbour described seeing three police cars, a police dog, officers with tasers and guns arrive at about 9am.

The man, who did not want to be named, described how officers waited 'a long time' outside the semi-detached house before knocking on the door.


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He said: 'A woman who lives there came out quite a long time after, she was handcuffed had no shoes on. She went back inside before being driven off.'

Another neighbour said a variety of people live on the road, but apart from two cars being vandalised, there had been no other problems.

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A flat on Ladbrooke Place was also visited by armed officers.

Police declined to give more details for 'operational reasons'.

•More to follow

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