This is why armed police and dog units raided a property in Bishop's Stortford

A heavy police presence, including armed officers and dog units were sighted battering down a door on a residential street as part of a crackdown. Witnesses report that police descended on Russell Francis Way in Bishop’s Stortford at around 5.45am this morning (Wednesday June 19). Six police vehicles carrying around 15 officers were claimed to be on the street, with a dog unit and unmarked police vehicles also in attendance.

At around 8.15am a recovery truck turned up at the property and residents reported that a black Range Rover was being loaded onto the back of it. The raid on this property was part of a crackdown targeting those involved in drug dealing, knife crime and violent offences. So far today, Wednesday June 19, officers across the neighbouring county of Essex have arrested 22 people during dawn raids.

Six police vehicles carrying around 15 officers were claimed to be on the street

A total of 43 people have been now been arrested as part of the crackdown, codenamed Operation Zeal, which began on Tuesday and aims to target ruthless and violent criminals responsible for causing the most harm in our communities.

The property which was targeted in Takeley today was one of nine properties raided at dawn. The other places hit at the same time were in Harlow and North Weald, which were all linked to those suspected of being involved in the supply of Class A and B drugs. During those raids ten people were arrested and officers seized three kilos and 30 wraps of what is believe to be the Class A drug cocaine as well as suspected cannabis resin.

They also seized GBP50,000 of luxury goods (including designer shoes and clothes) and GBP21,000 in cash both of which are believed to be the proceeds of crime. Det Supt Stuart Hooper of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate added: “We will continue to take the fight to criminals intent on causing harm in our communities. “Operation Zeal has been a huge success so far with really harmful drugs and weapons removed from our streets and a number of people linked to this type of criminality arrested and in our custody.

“But we will not stop at this two days of action, every day our officers are out there on your streets, protecting you, our community, and arresting those who think they can ply their illegal trade, carry knives and harm others in our county – they can’t.

“Essex Police will continue to hunt down those criminals and put them behind bars where they belong.”

If you have information about crime in your community contact Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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