'Stun grenade' raid on Ipswich home

FIREARMS officers raided an Ipswich home today and used “stun grenades” to distract those in the property.It is thought to be one of the first times the “grenades”, known in the force as distraction devices, have been used in the county.

FIREARMS officers raided an Ipswich home today and used “stun grenades” to distract those in the property.

It is thought to be one of the first times the “grenades”, known in the force as distraction devices, have been used in the county.

The raid, in Robeck Road, is thought to have taken place as part of a London drugs operation.

Police forced the door of the address at 5am, executing a Metropolitan police drugs warrant.


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Lisa Miller, spokeswoman for the force, said officers threw the distraction devices, also known as percussion grenades into the property.

She said they would have sent out a series of bangs, sounding similar to gunshots and created a bright flash and a bang.

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She added that the devices do not affect or harm potential suspects.

Two people were arrested at the address, a 19-year-old man from Ipswich and a 20-year-old man from Ipswich.

Both were arrested on suspicion of drugs offences.

They were taken to Ipswich police station where they were being held this morning.

Mrs Miller said they may be transferred to the Metropolitan police.

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