Seven arrests at gunpoint in Lewsey Farm police raid

Seven people were arrested by armed officers in Lewsey Farm yesterday in a police raid.

Friday, 9th July 2021, 12:45 pm
Updated Friday, 9th July 2021, 1:04 pm
Armed police at Beadlow Road yesterday    (C:  Tony Margiocchi)
Armed police at Beadlow Road yesterday (C: Tony Margiocchi)

The incident in Beadlow Road yesterday afternoon brought the area to a standstill with many residents unable to access their homes.

An eyewitness said: "It looked like a very well-planned raid, I was coming home and there were about ten police vehicles.

"The was a group of armed policemen shouting, and then I saw three men come out of the house with their hands up.

"They were arrested at gunpoint, searched and cuffed.

"Then a young girl came out and she had her hands in the air. To see that young girl with her hands in the air was just terrifying.

"A fourth man came out into the street and he was also arrested.

"And then four women came out of the house with their hands up.

"There were police dogs present and a helicopter, it was a very well-planned operation."

A Beds Police spokesman said: "Officers conducted a warrant at two addresses in Beadlow Road yesterday afternoon (Thursday).

"As a result, seven people were arrested on suspicion of drugs offences and are currently in police custody for questioning.

"Searches are continuing today (Friday) at both addresses.

"Anyone with concerns about drug dealing or any other criminal activity in their neighbourhood can report it to police by submitting an online report through the online reporting centre or by calling 101."