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Early morning warrants carried out in Telford

Eight people have been arrested after warrants were carried out in Telford earlier this morning.

The warrants were carried out at addresses in Brookside and saw three people arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply and five people arrested on suspicion of robbery, conspiracy to robbery and human trafficking.

Drugs and weapons were also seized in the raids.

Superintendent Paul Moxley is the local policing commander for Telford who says the activity targeted those believed to be involved in serious offences.

He said: "We had good information and intelligence to suggest there was disruption activity we needed in Brookside to target those believed to be involved in serious offences, and this morning we carried out a number of warrants in the area.

"There are individuals who are making the lives of the good people of Brookside miserable and that's not acceptable. I'm really pleased we've been able to take action which will have a positive impact.

Supt Moxley has also urged local communities to report information about criminal behaviour to police.

He added: "We want people to tell us what is going on in their area, information we receive from them helps us to build a picture of what is happening, which when we put together with our own intelligence can mean we have enough evidence to be able to go the Magistrates' and get a warrant and take action to make our communities safe."

Officers from the Local Policing Priority Team (LPPT) and PCSOs from the local Safer Neighbourhood will be in the area throughout the day to offer reassurance to local residents.

The warrants form part of West Mercia Police's Protect campaign which, in partnership with other agencies, targets those involved in serious and organised crime.

Follow the link to find out more about West Mercia's Protect campaign

ISSUED: 2.10pm 15/03/2019 EH

Published 15/03/19