Essex

Police arrest 22 in Essex and east London drugs raids

Police raids
Image caption An officer forces entry into one of the properties during the raids in east London and Essex

Police have arrested 22 people during a drugs operation in Essex and east London.

The arrests, as part of the operation by Essex Police, followed early-morning raids in Colchester and east London.

Police said further arrests and searches of premises were expected to take place in the next few days.

Ch Supt Alison Newcomb said it was the biggest operation of its kind this year. Those arrested are being held in Colchester, Clacton and Rayleigh.

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