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Firearms and cannabis seized in police raid on Thurrock industrial estate

They were found during a raid nearly two weeks ago

Five firearms and around 500 cannabis plants have been seized by police in Thurrock.

A raid was carried out on an industrial estate in Chadwell St Mary on Thursday, 9 July, after Essex Police received intelligence 

Police are trying to identify people linked to the address. They have also thanked local residents and businesses for their support.

District Commander for Thurrock, Chief Inspector Richard Melton, said: “I understand that this discovery is a real concern for anyone who lives or works in Chadwell.

“Thankfully, the firearms are now in our possession and we have made them safe. Detectives from our Serious and Organised Crime Unit are working tirelessly to trace the people who are linked to these weapons.

“We know that large-scale cannabis grows are often linked to organised crime, and a grow can bring intimidation, violence and exploitation along with it.

“I’d like to thank all the members of the public who report suspicious behaviour to us every day as, without your information, these weapons could still be on the streets.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 101 and quote incident number 114 of Thursday, 9 July.

If you want to report something to police but wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers in complete confidence. Their number is 0800 555 111.

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