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Arrests as daggers, drugs, katana, fake money and firearm seized in Shropshire

By Rory Smith | Telford | Crime | Published:

Daggers, class A drugs, a katana, fake money and a firearm were all taken off the streets of Shropshire as more than five people were arrested by a single policing team in one day.

Officers from West Mercia Police's Local Policing Priority Team (LPPT) North made the arrests throughout Tuesday and into this morning for incidents including one that led to the raid of a drugs farm.

In Dawley Bank, Telford, a 20-year-old and a 29-year-old were arrested for possession with intent to supply drugs and drug driving.

Drugs seized during the arrests. Photo: @LpptNWestMercia

The arrests led to a police raid at an address in Park Street in Madeley where a cannabis cultivation was discovered along with a taser and a number of other weapons.

A 29-year-old was also arrested for possession of class A drugs in Oakengates and a 26-year-old was arrested after being spotted using counterfeit notes by an off duty police officer.

Police said the 26-year-old was also wanted for burglary and has been charged.

Drugs seized during the arrests. Photo: @LpptNWestMercia

A 28-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police constable and possessing a dangerous dog in Craven Arms.

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Two men aged 28 and 30 were also arrested on suspicion of drug driving in Shrewsbury and Telford.

The team also worked with officers of Oswestry Safer Neighbourhood Team to carry out a warrant in Ellesmere this morning where one person was arrested after a cannabis grow was discovered.

Sergeant Lee Medlem said: "These arrests were as a result of the team carrying out targeted patrols in key areas based on local information and priorities and is part of the team's commitment to target those who cause the most concern in our communities."

LPPT North tweeted: "The team have had five arrests during today's shift. These have consisted of the following offences, Assault PC, drug drive x2, No insurance, PWITS Class B, Poss Class A, Off Weapon, S5 Firearm, Importation of prohibited weapon, ABH assault, Threats to cause criminal damage and also use of counterfeit currency that was identified by one of the team off duty. All 5 between both Shropshire and Telford&Wrekin division.

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"When we didn't think we could top yesterday's arrests. Two of the team working a 1/2 night arrested a male on sus PWITS Class A in Telford. That's taken us to 6 in just one day and 7 for the week so far!"

West Mercia Police has been contacted for comment.

Rory Smith

By Rory Smith
Reporter - @rorysmith_star

Trainee news reporter based at the Shropshire Star's Ketley office in Telford.

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