Family photos on wall as police search for drugs

As an avid viewer of programmes such as Road Wars and Brit Cops, I was really excited when Banbury police asked if I wanted to document a drugs’ raid in town.

Police had been receiving intelligence that residents of a property near the town centre were involved in drug dealing and last Tuesday it was time for them to take action.

Police officers raided a property in Banbury

Police officers raided a property in Banbury

I arrived at Banbury Police Station just after 9am.

The mood at the station was good and officers appeared confident of a result. Detective Sergeant James Bonner said: “A warrant has been issued under the Misuse of Drugs Act so we’re hoping to find any drugs, drugs paraphernalia and any cash or mobile phones that could provide evidence that would support a possession with intent charge.

“The best outcome would be to find a significant amount of drugs and other evidence that would reflect a lifestyle being funded by drug dealing.”

After the briefing and a short drive came the action – and when I was running behind 16 officers about to break down the door, it’s fair to say the adrenaline was pumping!

But that feeling changed when I stepped across the threshold as it soon became apparent this wasn’t a drugs’ den – it was a family home. There were children’s toys and clothes, family photos on the walls and a nursery schedule on the fridge.

A dog (friendly, luckily) was barking in the kitchen while the officers went over the entire three-storey home with a fine-tooth comb.

Absolutely everything was turned upside down before, I’m glad to report, it was all neatly put back in place.

After a few hours’ hard work the officers returned to the station with a quantity of white powder, a large quantity of cash, drug paraphernalia and one arrest – a 27-year-old family man arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply and later released on police bail until June 10.