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Drugs and a gun found during Wellingborough raids

Police raiding a house in Wellingborough Image copyright NORTHANTS POLICE
Image caption More than 100 police officers, some armed, raided the properties in Wellingborough

A gun and a "quantity of drugs" have been found during a series of police raids aimed at combating armed drug dealers.

More than 100 police officers took part in the raids on the Hemmingwell estate in Wellingborough at about 06:00 BST.

Det Ch Insp Nick Lyall said there had been an increase in drug dealers "using firearms to intimidate rival drug dealers and other people".

Three people were arrested on suspicion of drug offences.

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Image caption The gun was spotted in a bush
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Image caption Police said there had been an increase in violence on the estate
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Image caption Drugs were found in the searches of the properties on the Hemmingwell estate

Det Ch Insp Lyall added: "This was a very successful operation where we have taken a firearm and drugs off the street, which is going to make the area a safer place for people to live in."

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