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19 July 2013, 12:28
Four men have been arrested by police investigating gun crime in Luton.
A series of dawn raids took place on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 July 2013, in the Marsh Farm, Bramingham, Hockwell Ring and Toddington Road areas of the town.
There have been ten shootings in Luton during 2013.
Three of the men, aged 22, 22 and 20, were arrested on suspicion of Conspiracy to Supply Cannabis, and the fourth, aged 23, was arrested on Suspicion of the Production of Cannabis.
All four have since been released on bail while police investigations continue.
During the raids a shotgun cartridge was recovered together with a quantity of cannabis and a large amount of cash was seized.
Speaking after the arrests, Detective Chief Inspector David Quarmby, said: “A dedicated team of officers is continuing to investigate all incidents relating to gun crime within the town under the code name, Operation Boson.
"The team have so far arrested 55 people and executed 52 warrants as they keep the pressure on those who choose to commit firearms and associated offences.
“The force is also continuing to offer a £1000 reward to anyone who gives the police information that leads to the arrest and conviction of any offender who is involved in gun crime in the town. This has been matched by Crimestoppers – the crime fighting charity – which has also put up a reward of £1000.”
Anyone with information relating to violent or gun related crime can contact Bedfordshire Police, in confidence, on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.