ONE of the best weapons we have at Northamptonshire Police is our community and they won’t tolerate crime – that was the message from Supt Dennis Murray, the officer in charge of North Northamptonshire, as yet more good results are achieved across his command.
On June 22, a warrant was executed at a house in Rock Street, Wellingborough, with 110 cannabis plants seized and a 22-year-old man arrested on suspicion of being involved in the production of the Class B drug.
The next day, another cannabis factory was discovered and dismantled, this time in John Gray Road, Great Doddington. A total of 46 plants were seized from the address in the Northamptonshire village.
On Tuesday, June 30, a warrant executed at an address in Samuel Place, Corby, saw a large quantity of Class A drugs, cannabis, and cash, all located and seized.
Robert Stuart, 19, of Corby, was charged with possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs in connection with the incident.
On the same day, yet another cannabis factory was discovered and dismantled at a six-bedroom property in Denford Road, Ringstead.
The plants, thought to be worth £500,000, were seized by officers with the fans donated to Kettering General Hospital and the compost, bamboo canes, water butt and fertiliser donated to the local allotment society.
Hai Huy Tran, 48, of No Fixed Abode, has been charged with producing cannabis in connection with the discovery.
And it’s not just drugs that bring in the good results. After a shocking incident on June 29, where a man entered two addresses in Finedon and robbed the occupants, police quickly launched an investigation.
Ian Courtney Moore, 47, of Thrapston Road, Finedon, was charged a short time later with robbery and GBH (Section 18) in connection with the offence.
Finally, a stark reminder of what our police officers on the frontline are faced with as on June 23, two of our officers were spat at in custody with the offender telling them to “enjoy Covid-19”.
Andru Jay-Burgess, 20, of Corby, was charged with two counts of assaulting an emergency worker in connection with the incident.
Superintendent Murray, said: “Since October 2019, we have executed 82 warrants in North Northamptonshire and we have absolutely no plans to take our foot off the gas.
“One of the best weapons we have is our community and they won’t tolerate crime. It is the information we are now regularly receiving from them that allows us to secure and execute these warrants and this partnership is only getting stronger as they see more and more good results.
“The energy and determination across Northamptonshire Police is at all-time high and this is reflected by the good results that keep coming in.
“Criminals are being given a clear message that they are not welcome here, that this county is not easy pickings and that we are onto them and ready to bring them to justice.”