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Man arrested and property closed following community concerns over drug dealing

7 Jun 2021

A man has been arrested and a property closed after community police officers recovered cash, drugs and weapons.

Concerns from the community about drug dealing led to us and Grand Union carrying out the joint operation in Henlow on Wednesday (2 June).

We recovered a large amount of cannabis as well as suspected crack cocaine, cash, an air weapon and a hunting knife as a result of the warrant.

A man in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs as part of the operation, which saw our community officers working alongside a specialist intelligence unit.

On Thursday (3 June), we also successfully applied for a closure order on the address, barring anyone from entering it for three months.

A/Inspector Louise Bates said: “We know the massive concern that our communities have about drug dealing, which can often come with violence, anti-social behaviour as well as the exploitation of children and other vulnerable people.

“This operation shows we are prepared to act on these concerns, working with specialist teams and other agencies to maximise the powers available to us to stop activity which is blighting the lives of people across Bedfordshire.

“Please keep getting in touch with us; your information could be the missing piece in the puzzle for us to take action and achieve similar results to those we have here.”

The man arrested has been released on bail, pending further enquiries.

Phil Hardy, Executive Director of Operations at Grand Union, said: “By working closely with Bedfordshire Police, Central Bedfordshire Council and most importantly the local community, we’re showing that together we will not tolerate criminal activity and anti-social behaviour, and we will act to bring an end to these corrosive activities.

“We’re working in partnership with Bedfordshire Police and Central Bedfordshire Council, to make people feel safer and more at home in Henlow, and also trying to bring some positive community spirit and pride back to the area.

“We welcome the vigilance of community members, which led to an arrest made by Bedfordshire Police, which will help to reduce anti-social behaviour in our communities and bring some well-deserved peace and quiet for those living in the area.”

If you want to report any suspicious activity in your area, please report this information via 101 or through our online reporting centre.

All of this information is fed into police intelligence systems and helps us build up a picture of organised crime, even if officers do not act on the information straight away.

Alternatively you can report any information anonymously via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or through their website.

For more information about all forms of exploitation linked to organised crime please visit the Bedfordshire Against Violence and Exploitation website.

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