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Three charged following drugs warrant

Police have charged three people following the execution of a drugs warrant in Basingstoke. The warrant was carried out on Wednesday, March 6 at a property on Abbey Road in Popley.

Joshua Taylor, 23, and Jessica Thomas, 24, both from Abbey Road in Basingstoke and Luke Woolford, 29, of no fixed abode have been charged with being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug and possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.

The charges follow an investigation into the supply of illegal drugs as part of the Operation Fortress campaign. Officers are keen to hear from anyone who is concerned about illegal drugs or drug-related crime in their neighbourhood. The things to look out for are as follows:

  • A sudden increase in visitors to a house or flat and people only staying for a very short time
  • Short exchanges between small groups of people at or close to a flat or house
  • Residents leaving a flat or house on numerous occasions throughout the day and returning a short time later
  • People loitering in an area and using their mobile phones frequently
  • New-looking or hire cars parked outside a house or flat that wouldn’t normally be there, and being driven by somebody that you wouldn’t normally associate with driving that style of car.

Five men wanted in connection with day of action

Police want to speak to these five men in connection with the biggest ever series of raids in Wiltshire. Fifty two people were arrested as part of the undercover operation into the supply of Class A drugs in the county. Police say these five men should not be approached.

Police say Darren Walcott from London should not be approached Credit: Wiltshire Police
Police say Leon Ryan from Swindon should not be approached Credit: Wiltshire Police
Police say Thane Orlando Pilgrim from Swindon should not be approached Credit: Wiltshire Police
Police say Callum Jonathan Michael Johnson should not be approached Credit: Wiltshire Police
Police say Shane Ian Sidney Harper from Swindon should not be approached Credit: Wiltshire Police

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Five men wanted in connection with day of police action in Wiltshire

Wiltshire Police is appealing for the public’s help in locating 5 suspects wanted in connection with yesterday’s day of action.

Yesterday (Wednesday 29th January 2014) saw Wiltshire Police undertake the biggest single day of action in its history.

The day of action, supported by Operation Harness, saw more than 400 police officers and staff execute approximately 70 warrants at residential and business addresses in Swindon and London.

As a result of yesterday’s activity, 52 people were arrested.

Police want to speak to Darren Walcott from London Credit: Wiltshire Police
Police want to speak to Leon Ryan from Swindon Credit: Wiltshire Police
Police want to speak to Thane Orlando Pilgrim from Swindon Credit: Wiltshire Police
Police want to speak to Callum Jonathan Michael Johnson from Wroughton Credit: Wiltshire Police
Police want to speak to Shane Ian Sidney Harper from Swindon Credit: Wiltshire Police

These men should not be approached by members of the public, instead, anyone with information on their whereabouts should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

Hundreds of officers carry out drugs raid in Swindon

Drugs officers have carried out Wiltshire Police's biggest set of raids in the force's history.

They planned to execute warrants at 60 addressed in Swindon.

The operation follows a major crack down on Class A drugs in the town, with months of undercover work being done.

More than 400 officers were involved in the raids, with the main aim to try and seize heroine and crack cocaine.

The former air base was used as a temporary headquarters for the raids.

Officers gather at hangar RAF Lyneham for the drugs raid breifing Credit: ITV News

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Nineteen properties in drugs raids this morning

Police this morning have carried out a series of drugs raids in Southampton.

They were planned as part of Hampshire Constabulary's Operation Fortress, their campaign to reduce the number of drug-related violence in the city.

A number of people were arrested at the 19 locations including:

  • Chandos House
  • Millbank Avenue
  • Adelaide Road
  • Commericial Road
  • Cranbury Avenue
  • James Weld Close
  • Golden Grove
  • Pointout Close
  • Rampart House
  • Southampton Street
  • Edelvale Road
  • Denzil Avenue
  • Argyle Road
  • Oxford Street
  • Millbank House
  • Devon Drive, Eastleigh

Class A drugs seized in raid

Police have been raiding addresses in Brighton today to try to disrupt drug dealing ahead of this year's Pride event. Three people have been arrested and a quantity of suspected Class A drugs have been seized.

Pride brings thousands of visitors to the city, but also provides opportunities for criminals. Our correspondent Malcolm Shaw joined the police operation this morning. He talks to Chief Inspector Paul Betts.