Five arrested and drugs seized in Bedford after police raids

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Bedfordshire Police drug raids Hurst Grove 5 January 2021
Bedfordshire Police carried out raids at an address on Hurst Grove on Wednesday (5 January)

Five people have been arrested and drugs including heroin and over 250 cannabis plants were seized after police raids in Bedford.

Bedfordshire Police carried out two separate operations in Bedford yesterday (Wednesday) after receiving information about drug dealing in Hurst Grove.

Working with the force’s Boson guns and gangs unit, they executed a warrant at the address, arresting five people and seizing hundreds of pounds worth of suspected heroin.

Five men from Bedford were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, with two of the men also arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and theft from a shop respectively.

All five currently remain in police custody with searches at five further addresses finding cash and phones that have now been seized.

“This represents significant disruption to what we suspect was a very active drugs supply line,” said Inspector Ed Finn from the Bedford community policing team added.

“This is a great example of how our hard-working community officers have built community confidence in the area, encouraged people to come forward with information and then taken effective action.

“Every single piece of information the police get goes into our systems and can help us build up a picture of organised crime.

“We need people to keep telling us things so we can take action and keep everyone in our communities safe.”

Cannabis plants

In a separate operation on Wednesday morning, police also recovered more than 250 cannabis plants from an address in Needwood Road, Bedford.

A man being arrested by Bedfordshire Police after drug raids Hurst Grove on Wednesday (5 January). Five people were arrested in total.

“These two significant operations in a single day are part of our ongoing efforts to stop the supply of drugs onto the streets of Bedfordshire,” added Detective Inspector Ali Whitworth.

“Wherever we find drugs, we find further crime that damages the fabric of our communities.

“In these operations alone we have made further arrests in connection to thefts, while drugs can be the driver for anything from knife crime to the exploitation of children.

“We will keep disrupting drug dealers and stop those looking to make money from the illegal drugs trade.”

If you have concerns about drug dealing then you can report this at Bedfordshire Police’s website or by calling 101.

You can also report information to Crimestoppers anonymously at 0800 555 111 or crimestoppers-uk.org.

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