Further police searches in Northampton’s Eastern District
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Specialist search officers have spent the day looking for illegal firearms thought to be hidden on open land in Northampton’s Blackthorn estate.
Focusing on an area on the outskirts of Lings Wood, near to Larkrise and Arlbury Road, the team of 11 specialist search officers spent the day looking for weapons believed to have been hidden by local organised crime gangs.
The searchers were supported by four officers from the local Neighbourhood Policing Team who engaged with members of the community to explain what was happening and why.
The open land search is the second carried out in the Eastern District in recent weeks as part of Operation Viper, the Northamptonshire Police crackdown on serious and organised crime.
Detective Inspector Nick Cobley, of the Serious and Organised Crime Team, said: “Although we did not find any items, today’s searches are part of Northamptonshire Police’s continued commitment to robustly and proactively tackle this type of criminality, preventing illegal weapons being used on our streets in the future, and making the local community safer.”