Three arrests and drugs and weapons seized during raid of Swindon property

By Jessica Durston - 25 November 2021

Crime
  • Items seized during the warrant include a mobile phone, scales and a stolen motorbike

    Items seized during the warrant include a mobile phone, scales and a stolen motorbike

Three people were arrested and drugs and weapons seized during a raid at a house in Swindon.

The raid was carried out as part of Wiltshire Police's Operation Sceptre work.

Officers attended the address in Pinehurst on the morning of Wednesday, 17 November - to execute a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

They seized a large number of items, including illegal drugs, drugs paraphernalia, mobile phones, stolen motorbikes and four large knives.

A 46-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs, possession of cannabis, possession of an offensive weapon and handling stolen goods.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs, theft of a motor vehicle and possession of an offensive weapon.

A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs, possession of an offensive weapon, possession of a shotgun without certificate and three counts of theft of a motor vehicle.

The two men have been released on conditional bail while police enquiries continue. The woman was released under investigation.

Sergeant Ed Audritt, from Stratton, Central North and West Swindon Neighbourhood Team, said: "We know that people carrying and using knives and other weapons is very often linked to other types of criminality, such as the supply and sale of illegal drugs.

"This warrant proves that we are taking proactive steps to target criminals, disrupt illegal activity and make arrests.

"I have no doubt that the four knives seized at this address would have caused serious harm if they had been used to assault somebody, and we welcome any opportunity to get these sorts of weapons off our streets."

Operation Sceptre is a national campaign of action and education to tackle knife crime and runs until the end of this week.

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