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Travellers sites targeted in major cross-county police operation

Evesham Editorial 21st Sep, 2021

TRAVELLERS sites at Cleeve Prior and Eckington were among those targeted by police in a series of raids linked to investigations into a serious assault and drug offences.

West Mercia Police assisted colleagues from Gloucestershire Constabulary and Sussex Police in this mornings raids which began at 6am.

As well as the two travellers sites, addresses in Cheltenham were also targeted as part of the investigations into a serious assault in Cheltenham, drugs offences and a burglary at a castle in West Sussex.

Det Chief Insp Leighton Harding said: “A number of people have been detained to allow searches to take place at the locations and these are set to continue throughout the morning.

“West Mercia officers also uncovered a cannabis cultivation and three young men in their teens were arrested on suspicion of burglary following the discovery of stolen property, that related to an earlier burglary at a commercial property and they are both in police custody.

“A man in his 40s has also been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs.

“Successful operations such as this reflect our continued cross-border working to disrupt and destabilise organised crime and our commitment to protecting people from harm.

“We would like to thank the local community for their co-operation this morning and reassure nearby residents that there is no threat to the wider public.”

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