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Sawbridgeworth neighbourhood police officer commended over armed raids

A neighbourhood police officer has been commended for her role in an operation in which two houses in Sawbridgeworth were raided.

PC Shelley Marshall was presented with a Superintendent’s Certificate following a multi-agency operation at the end of October.

PC Marshall, a police officer for 15 years who has been with the Sawbridgeworth Safer Neighbourhood Team for the past four, led on Operation Meloe, which culminated in warrants being executed at addresses in Lawrence Avenue and Crofters End.

PC Shelly Marshall with her award (43888706)
PC Shelly Marshall with her award (43888706)

The raids were supported by Herts police's armed unit and the Metropolitan Police Service.

The operation was the result of intelligence from residents about potential criminality linked to the addresses, including possible possession of weapons. PC Marshall worked to collate the evidence and secured permission to conduct the warrants.

Two people were arrested and cash, phones and class A drugs were seized. Investigations are continuing.

Neighbourhood Inspector Chris Hunt, who presented the certificate, said: “The local Safer Neighbourhood Team worked extremely hard to bring this operation together and have significantly disrupted cross-border criminality as a result.

“This award is a direct reflection of the lengths that PC Marshall in particular has gone to, to help make life more peaceful for the local community. It is thoroughly well deserved and I am extremely proud to have been able to present it to her.”

PC Marshall said: “It was a really nice surprise to be presented with this award; however, I couldn’t have done it without the support of our partner agencies and the brilliant local policing team, including PCSOs Paul Weston and Amanda Higham, who assisted in the organising of Op Meloe.

“We’re committed to disrupting criminal activity, to ensure our local communities can live in a safe and peaceful environment. I would urge members of the public to keep reporting information to us, as your calls make a huge difference.”

Residents with concerns about criminal activity can report information online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator via an online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact or call 101.

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