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Weapons sweep operation in Ash

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Weapons sweep operation in Ash

Published at 10:31am 5th April 2019. (Updated at 10:38am 5th April 2019)

Police have conducted a weapons sweep in Ash as part of efforts to ensure the safety of residents.

The joint operation with Guildford Borough Council in Winchester Road and surrounding areas yesterday also included a street clean, to look for items that could be used in incidents of disorder or anti-social behaviour.

No weapons were found, but bags of litter and items that could cause harm were removed by council officers.

Surrey Police said it was "part of our continued commitment to maintain and improve the quality of the area" and was part of an information-sharing exercise between agencies.

Sergeant Sam Turner of the Specialist Neighbourhood Team for Guildford said it provided an opportunity to talk to residents about recent incidents that were reported to them:

"Today, despite the weather, was a great opportunity to work closely with colleagues from Guildford Borough Council and we are very thankful for their help working towards an improved living environment.

"More importantly was the chance to reinforce our commitment to residents in the area and be able to chat on a less formal level than we have had to recently when dealing with incidents that have been reported. I spoke to several residents who were really pleased to see us and talk with their children.

"It was encouraging to hear the personal experiences of residents and how they have seen an improvement in the area recently. We will continue to work with the community and our partner agencies towards reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in this area and across the borough of Guildford."

Surrey Police continue to investigate recent incidents in the local area and will continue to communicate these to the public where appropriate.

They say while there is no direct intelligence to suggest that weapons were found in the location, they would like people to report any concerns to by calling 999 if urgent, 101, or you can report it online (www.surrey.police.uk).

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously at 0800 555 111.

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