Crackdown on Swindon gang crime leads to arrests

Crackdown on Swindon gang crime leads to arrests

Crackdown on Swindon gang crime leads to arrests

A drive to tackle gang crime in east Swindon has seen some positive results.

Neighbourhood officers have been targeting serious and organised crime in Eldene in recent weeks and this has led to a number of arrests.

Last week Wiltshire Police officers carried out a number of warrants which led to the arrest of one woman in her 30s at an address in Kennedy Drive on suspicion of a series of vehicle break-ins in Badbury Park.

A spokesperson for the Force said: “The warrants were planned to tackle gang crime in east Swindon which has continued to blight the lives of many residents in recent months. A number of items were seized today including clothing, mobile phones and class B drugs and enquiries will continue.

“Today’s work followed some positive arrests recently, which have resulted in a significant amount of drugs being seized.”

On Wednesday officers spotted drug-users around Kennedy Drive near to the footbridge over Dorcan Way. A man in his 20s was detained for a Section 23 search and class A drugs, cash and a mobile phone were located. He was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and has since been released under investigation pending forensic results.

Between 30 and 50 wraps of class A drugs and cash were located in the same area.

Also last week, officers arrested a man in his 20s on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs in Haydon Wick, after an estimated £15,000 worth of class A drugs were found inside a property. The man has since been released under investigation while further enquiries continue.

Insp Barry Reed said: “These were significant arrests and thanks to the vigilance of the public in Haydon Wick, led to a large quantity of class A drugs being seized which would otherwise have had a devastating impact on communities had they reached our streets, and the hands of vulnerable drug users.”

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