Specials raid homes as police execute series of warrants in Essex

Essex Police Specials and Officers are briefed by Sergeant Lou Middleton with the Neighbourhood Poli

Essex Police Specials and Officers are briefed by Sergeant Lou Middleton with the Neighbourhood Policing Team before heading out to serve warrants. Far left is Ch Insp Richard Phillibrown, Colchester district commander. - Credit: Su Anderson

Police officers executing warrants across Colchester as part of a weekend of action have vowed that “the work doesn’t stop here”.

Essex Police Specials and Officers are briefed by Sergeant Lou Middleton with the Neighbourhood Poli

Essex Police Specials and Officers are briefed by Sergeant Lou Middleton with the Neighbourhood Policing Team before heading out to serve warrants. Far left is Ch Insp Richard Phillibrown, Colchester district commander. - Credit: Su Anderson

Op Society II saw Special Constables and full-time officers work together to execute warrants.

Officers attended Darwin Close just after 2pm yesterday and arrested a 46-year-old woman wanted on warrant for failing to appear at Colchester Magistrates Court for a previous offence.

They also went to Ratcliffe Court, Colchester, at around 2.25pm and arrested a 36-year-old man who was wanted on warrant for breaching a court order. They are both currently in police custody.

A man in his 40s was summoned to court for a non-payment of fines.


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The other warrant was for a man who was wanted by another force for an assault. Officers were told he was no longer at the address.

Pc David Underwood was joined by Special Constable Andrew Small to help with the operation.

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Pc Underwood said: “We’ll have another day, do a bit more homework.

“We’re not going to leave it there. It doesn’t stop here.”

SPc Small said on the operation: “It was an amazing experience to be able to give something to the community and help people. It’s quite rewarding to give something back.”

Chief Superintendent Carl O’Malley said: “I cannot praise highly enough the dedication and commitment of all the Specials who contribute to the work of Essex police on a daily basis.

“These men and women have all the powers of regular officers and carry out many of the same roles but do so voluntarily, fitting in this vitally important work around their day jobs. Our Specials provide us with a highly skilled pool of additional officers so we have the flexibility to carry out operations like this on a county-wide scale.

“I am extremely grateful that they are there to help both their regular colleagues and the people of Essex.”

A spokeswoman for Essex police added: “The Special Constabulary is a valued member of the policing family – without the Specials this weekend of activity wouldn’t have been possible.”

For more information on becoming a special visit www.essex.police.uk

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