Thanet targeted during early morning police raids

Police raid (stock image)

Twenty seven arrests have been made across the county after early morning warrants across the county, including in Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs.

Raids were carried out at 18 properties yesterday (June 18), resulting in the seizure of 15 bladed weapons alongside more than 300 wraps of Class A drugs and £3,500 in cash.

The enforcement action was carried out by Kent Police officers alongside detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

Many of those arrested are believed to have links to county lines crime, organised offenders who travel to Kent to commit offences.

Assistant Chief Constable Nicola Faulconbridge said: “Knife crime is ruining lives across the country and we are committed to targeting those who think carrying a blade or any other weapon is acceptable in Kent.

“We will not tolerate the possession of any weapon on our streets and our work will continue to tackle the issue of violent crime.

“I would encourage the public to support our efforts by contacting us if they know someone who carries a knife. Doing so could help save a life.”