1. ITV Report

Drugs and weapons seized in police raids

It's been revealed that more than £80,000 in cash and 38 weapons have been seized during the latest crackdown on knife crime and associated offences including the supply of drugs, in Kent.

Around 700 wraps of crack cocaine and heroin were also recovered, as officers across Kent took part in an operation to clampdown on those involved in offences also including the exploitation of vulnerable people. In total 65 people were arrested as a result of activity which included an increase focus on stop and search, along with the execution of search warrants throughout the county.

On Tuesday 6 August police detained a teenage boy at a property in Clyde Street, Sheerness, where they seized a knife, £1,900 in cash and drugs including 193 wraps of crack and heroin.

In Margate Road, Ramsgate, a man and two women were arrested on Thursday 8 August, after a search warrant at a property led to the discovery of 500 wraps of suspected Class A drugs concealed underneath a floorboard.

Three men stopped by officers at Gravesend train station on Monday 5 August were also arrested, after supplies of crack cocaine and heroin were seized. The suspects are reported to have left a train which had travelled from London.

Superintendent Mick Gardner said: ‘These latest arrests and searches were part of targeted week of action to further crackdown on the supply of drugs and those we suspect may be linked to the use or carrying of weapons. We remain absolutely committed and determined in our efforts to take robust and proactive action against people who choose to break the law and to ensure communities across Kent remain safe.’