By Matt Clark
Officers in Swindon arrested three males and have seized a bundle of knives last weekend. At approximately 5pm on Saturday 9 July, officers carried out a welfare check at an address in Manchester Road, following a report of an assault on a person living at the address.
Once inside the flat, officers found evidence of drug dealing taking place. While at the address, officers carried out a Section 18 search and located the large bundle of weapons including numerous swords and large hunting knives.
As a result, an 18-year-old man and a 20-year-old man from London were both arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs and assault, and a 13-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.
They were taken to Gablecross Police Station and have since been released on bail pending further enquiries.
DI Paul Franklin, of the Dedicated Crime Team, said: “We are determined to stop members of Dangerous Drug Networks entering our county – they often bring with them weapons and the threat of violence in a bid to sell class A drugs to vulnerable people within our communities.
“These three arrests were a positive result for us – we have seized a large number of knives, removing them and the harm they could potentially cause, from the streets of Swindon.
“I want to reassure the general public that we are committed to tackling the threat and harm posed to our communities by Dangerous Drug Networks, and we want these individuals to know that they cannot carry out their illegal activities unnoticed. We will do everything in our power to find you and disrupt your networks.
“If you are aware of a DDN and/or drug activity in your area, please call us on 101. All information we receive is treated with the utmost discretion. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously if preferred.”