PICTURE GALLERY: Three arrested in Northamptonshire drugs raid

Police recovered this package of drugs from the property this morning.
Police recovered this package of drugs from the property this morning.

A drugs raid in Northamptonshire this morning saw three people arrested as part of Northants Police’s crackdown on violent crime, Operation Scorpion.

Our reporter was invited to see the officers in action and shortly after 9am, the raid on a quiet residential street in Kettering saw six bags of what is believed to be Class A drugs recovered.

Sniffer dogs and police were set to conduct further searches of the property, with all three arrested remanded in custody.

Northants Police launched Operation Scorpion - which will use a range of tactics to reduce the threat of physical harm in the county - last month, and Kettering Inspector Adam Ward says the operation has been successful so far.

He said: “This has a massive impact because we’re not just taking out people who deal drugs but also the impact the behaviour has on the local community.

“There is a high level of anti-social behaviour and violence associated with the address we visited today, and we have high numbers of offences in this hotspot.

“This will improve the lives of those who live in the area - sometimes victims of violent crime have nothing to do with the offenders, it’s just because of their geographical area.

“When you look into what drives violence in our modern society, alcohol and drugs are two of the biggest factors in relation to it.

“Violent crime is a national problem, Kettering is no worse than any other but there are pockets of violence because of the thriving night time economy.

“Since we had a target on violence we have seen a decrease on year to date in our violence figures across the sector, primarily in violence with injury which is important to me.”