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Samurai sword and cannabis hidden in fish food cans among items seized in police raids

A samurai sword, cannabis hidden in fish food cans and an Audi S3 were all seized in a series of police raids to crackdown on violent crime across Kent.

The operation, which began on Tuesday, initially planned to finish on Wednesday, but continued into Thursday with a further four people arrested from eight additional warrants.

The new activity means 59 people have been apprehended from a total of 54 warrants carried out by Kent Police officers alongside detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

In addition, more than 600 wraps of class A drugs and £27,000 in suspected criminal money has been seized.

Assistant Chief Constable Nicola Faulconbridge said: "The volume of arrests and warrant activity carried out over the past three days sends out an unequivocal message that we have no tolerance for people who choose to become involved in violent or organised crime.

Fish food cannabis (12730738)
Fish food cannabis (12730738)

"Our activity has targeted those we suspect of committing crime and in the coming months we will continue our investigations to ensure that offenders are brought to justice in the courts."

Activity in Kent was mirrored by Essex Police, whose efforts in their county mean over 100 suspects have been arrested by the two forces as part of the same operation.

Cash was seized by officers (12730731)
Cash was seized by officers (12730731)

Locations targeted in Kent have included Dover, Tenterden, Folkestone, Dartford, Medway, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Thanet, Canterbury and Gravesend.

Officers also travelled to several addresses in London to target those suspected of bringing criminality across the border.

A series of raids were carried out across the county (12730734)
A series of raids were carried out across the county (12730734)

Notable seizures from the past three days include a samurai sword, cannabis hidden in cans disguised as fish food, an Audi S3 and designer goods worth more than £10,000, which is believed to have been bought with the proceeds of crime.

Assistant Chief Constable Faulconbridge added: "Members of the public can feel assured that Kent is a safe place and we are doing everything in our power to make the county a hostile environment for those intent on bringing crime to our communities.

Drugs were seized by officers (12730736)
Drugs were seized by officers (12730736)

"This includes working closely with our colleagues in Essex Police, who have achieved similar levels of success. Our proactive work has by no means come to an end.

"This recent surge of activity complements the approach we take on a daily basis with specialist officers who proactively work to identify and disrupt those who seek to commit crime in our communities.

A series of raids were carried out across the county (12730729)
A series of raids were carried out across the county (12730729)

"I would ask members of the public to join us in our efforts to remove weapon carriers and drug dealers from our streets by reporting their suspicions to us online or by calling 101.

"Alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or 999 if a crime is in progress."

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