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Massive police operation in Fern Hill leads to seven arrests

Crime / Thu 19th Oct 2017 at 10:16am

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SEVEN people have been arrested in connection with a series of burglaries across three counties after warrants were carried out in Harlow this morning.

Around 50 officers were involved in the warrants in Fern Hill at around 5am today (Thursday, October 19) including two Police Support Units (one from Essex and one from Hertfordshire), the Essex Police dog unit, firearms officers, and Scenes of Crime Officers (SOCO).

Seven people have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle.

The joint operation forms part of an investigation by Essex, Hertfordshire and Kent police forces, into burglaries across the three counties, where petrol stations and local stores have been targeted and large quantities of cigarettes and cash taken.

Since the beginning of August, there have been 42 commercial burglaries across Hertfordshire, Essex and Kent which are believed to be linked.

All of those arrested are currently being held in custody in Hertfordshire. Officers from Hertfordshire Police’s Specialist Investigation Team are leading the criminal investigation.

Detective Inspector Anna Wright, from Hertfordshire Police, said: “We are very pleased with the results of today’s operation and this is an excellent example of joint policing to tackle cross border crime.

“We have been gathering intelligence on this crime series for some time and I am pleased that we have finally secured a number of arrests in connection with these offences.”

Chief Inspector Matt Cornish, District Commander for Harlow, said: “This was a carefully planned and well executed warrant.

“It highlights the excellent partnership work with Hertfordshire Police and Kent Police on this investigation, as well as with the local authority.

“This action also highlights our ongoing work to address concerns raised by people in Harlow.

“We are currently in the middle project to tackle issues such as violent crime and anti-
social behaviour in the town centre and around the district.

“We have already seen success with this through the dispersal order in the town centre, additional foot patrols and working with businesses in the night-time economy.

“I want to thank the community in Harlow for their support. I am committed to making the district an even safer place to live and work.”

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