POLICE arrested four men and recovered thousands of pounds worth of stolen goods during a raid on a travellers’ site in Harlow.
Officers swooped on homes in Fernhill Lane on Tuesday morning as part of a multi-agency operation targeting suspected drug dealers.
Acting on information about the supply of drugs, police executed 23 warrants and took four people into custody – two for the suspected cultivation of cannabis and two for public disorder offences.
Specialist search teams were then deployed to search for illegal diesel fuel, stolen animals and electrical goods. They seized a number of items including a horsebox, a van and two motorbikes.
A bulldog stolen from Roydon in August last year was also found on the site and has now been reunited with its rightful owner.
Chief Inspector Nick Morris, who led the operation with the support of Harlow Council’s benefits office and environmental health team, the RSPCA, customs officers, EDF Energy and the UK Border Agency, praised the efforts of all who took part.
"A significant amount of resources and partner agencies were committed to this operation," he said. "It was specifically planned to target individuals and not communities.
"We were acting upon intelligence gathered over a number of weeks and I would like to assure the local community that we will con¬tinue to target any individuals involved in crime, wherever they
Tony Hall, chairman of Harlow Council’s environment and community committee, added: "The council, in partner¬ship with other agencies, will do whatever it can to crackdown on criminal activities.
"This enforcement action is a good example of the partnership work which exists in the town.
"We want the town to be a safer place and action like this sends out a strong message to those involved in criminal activities or those thinking about getting involved, that we will not hesitate to support the police to use the powers available to protect our residents."
The two men arrested for drugs offences are aged 20 and 22, while the pair arrested for public disorder are aged 20 and 38. All four are from Harlow.