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Police raid in quiet Derby cul-de-sac shocks residents

today23 August 2022

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Residents have expressed their shock after police carried out a cannabis raid in a usually quiet residential Derby street. Officers rushed in to arrest a young man and a teenage girl in Serina Avenue, Littleover, yesterday (Monday, August 22).

Locals reported seeing police vans parked up in the city suburb cul-de-sac from around 7pm last night. One van reportedly stayed overnight as officers guarded the property, before more officers returned to continue their investigations today (Tuesday, August 23).

Police had left the scene by around 2.30pm this afternoon following yesterday’s discovery of the cannabis plants. Officers have since confirmed the arrests of a 20-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl.

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A spokeswoman for Derbyshire police said: “Officers attended an address in Serina Avenue, Littleover, yesterday evening and two people (a 20-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl) were arrested after a number of cannabis plants were located inside the property. A scene has been in place at the property today, whilst officers carry out enquiries.”

When a Derbyshire Live reporter visited the street at around 3pm on Tuesday, locals expressed their great surprise at seeing so many police officers in what is, usually, a quiet residential area.

Julie Dominie said she was “shocked” to see three police vans parked up in her street. The 31-year-old added: “Two police vans arrived at 7pm last night and a third one arrived around 9pm. One van stayed overnight.

“They came back this morning and left around 2.30pm. They also had a skip.”

Alan Gardner set up a Neighbourhood Watch group on the street he has lived on for more than 55 years. The 79-year-old said: “I’ve lived on this street since 1966 so it’s not nice.

“It’s always been a lovely place to live. I saw police taking people out of the house.”



Alan Gardner, who has lived on Serina Avenue for more than 55 years, says the street is usually 'a lovely place to live'
Alan Gardner, who has lived on Serina Avenue for more than 55 years, says the street is usually ‘a lovely place to live’

An elderly woman says the incident has left her feeling unsafe in her own street. She said: “I haven’t had any sleep. I feel shocked, I don’t feel safe at all… it’s usually a safe area.”

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