Northamptonshire Police has apologised to a group of four housemates after “inaccurate information” resulted in officers smashing open their door as part of a drugs raid that went wrong.
Chantelle Esposito was out walking her dog shortly before 9am on Monday when three police cars and eight officers turned up outside her address.
Ms Esposito said she was returning to her property when she saw the officers smashing her door open.
In an attempt to stop them, Ms Esposito told them she had a key, but by that time the lock was already too badly damaged to use.
Once inside the property, the officers carried out a search of the address and briefly hand-cuffed her housemate, Sam Spencer.
After officers realised there were no drugs in the property, they left and arranged for the door to be “secured” but not replaced.
Ms Esposito said she believed the police had mistakenly raided their address because they were searching for someone who moved out of the property some time ago.
She said: “What worries me is that a judge gave them a warrant to come in.
“I don’t think they carried out any surveillance on our property. I’m angry and upset. It honestly feels like we have been burgled and that is not something the police should do. We don’t feel safe leaving the house unoccupied as the door still has three holes in it and could be easily broken into. It feels like they have come in and caused this massive problem and then walked away and shrugged their shoulders.”
A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: “Acting on information, officers from our Safer Community Team attended a property and entered the building using a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
“We forced entry into the property, but the information we had received proved to be inaccurate. We apologised for the disturbance caused and have arranged for the door to be repaired.”