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Warrants executed in East Northants as part of Operation Viper

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Police officers have executed two warrants in East Northants today as part of Operation Viper, the force’s crackdown on serious and organised crime.

The first warrant was executed in Weighbridge Way, Raunds, at an address where concerns had been raised about the occupant, who officers believed to be the subject of cuckooing, a practice which sees gangs take over the property of a vulnerable person in order to deal drugs.

No one was in the property at the time of the warrant, however officers conducted a thorough search of the premises.

The second warrant was executed at a property in Irchester Road, Rushden, where items including a knuckle duster were recovered.

Detective Chief Inspector Julie Mead, said: “This is the first of our proactive days for Operation Viper.

“Serious and organised crime is something we need to address and is affecting all of our communities.

“Today we have a series of warrants and part of that warrant process is around safeguarding potential victims of cuckooing.

“The main aim of today was to make sure we safeguarded the person who’s inside and to do that with partners, and to make sure they get the support and care that they need so they don’t fall foul of cuckooing again.”

The force is reliant on the public’s help. We need you to tell us when you have concerns about people involved in gang activity or who may be subject to cuckooing.

If you have any concerns or would like to report any information to police you can call police on 101, report crime online or via independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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