Police carry out drugs raid - with a chainsaw! PICTURES

An Task Force officer cuts a wedge in the door with the chainsaw. Picture by James Connell.

A Task Force officer in full rapid entry kit with his chainsaw.

The moment officers enter the property after the door is breached. Picture by James Connell.

A man is led away to the van by officers after being arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.

The door - or what's left of it - after the chainsaw entry.

The toolkit used by officers to gain entry.

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ELITE police smashed their way through a door using a chainsaw during a dynamic dawn drugs raid in Droitwich.

The specialist Task Force officers, kitted out in heavy duty gear, helmets and balaclavas, leapt out of a transit van with the chainsaw running and the lead officer quickly cut a wedge out of the door in Woodmans Close, Westlands, Droitwich this morning.

The trio of officers shouted "police!" and "get on the ground!" after they kicked their way through the door in the space of a few seconds during the raid at about 8am, one of two simultaneous raids on the Westlands estate. At the time of the warrant by West Mercia Police there were three males in the house, a female and a toddler of about 18 months.

A man was then later led away by police and handcuffed as he was arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply. Class A drugs can include heroin and crack cocaine but the officers said they could not confirm the type of drugs seized until they were tested using a field testing kit back at the station. Some cannabis bush was also found at the address.

Both warrants were linked and Task Forces officers at the other location did not find any drugs or make any arrests. The warrant attracted some interest from neighbours who gave mixed reactions. One man, who seemed annoyed, said: "Thanks for making all that noise and waking me up!"

PC Jon Griffith explained to him that it was a drugs warrant and said: "We can't be quiet all the time." One woman said: "It's better than morning television."

A Staffordshire bull terrier Labrador cross called Charlie was sent in as a sniffer dog to find any drugs the officers might have missed during their search of the flat and the patio outside.

PC Griffith said: "I have been in the police twelve years and it's the first time I have seen this (rapid entry with a chainsaw)."

PC Paul Cound said: "We are constantly getting reports from members of the public about drug dealing and taking. It's nice to have a positive outcome from the warrant."

Officers have a range of tools at their disposal including a heavy battering ram called an 'enforcer' and the 'Hooligan bar' or 'Hoolie bar' which has a pike and duckbill and claw radius for use on windows and doors. The chainsaw is needed on specific doors (this one was a composite door) or where certain conditions are identified by police in advance of the warrant being executed.

Police cadets and police community support officers (PCSOs) then performed 'reassurance patrols' to explain to neighbours what had happened.

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4:28pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Herefordian says...

The Chainsaw used is a specialist piece of kit made by Stihl for the Emergency Services and costs £1090.00 + VAT, a spare chain is £220.00 + Vat
The Chainsaw used is a specialist piece of kit made by Stihl for the Emergency Services and costs £1090.00 + VAT, a spare chain is £220.00 + Vat Herefordian
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4:54pm Mon 4 Aug 14

New Kid on the Block says...

Herefordian wrote:
The Chainsaw used is a specialist piece of kit made by Stihl for the Emergency Services and costs £1090.00 + VAT, a spare chain is £220.00 + Vat
Very effective it is too.
A modern reinforced door is quite difficult to open with an enforcer but this thing looks like it has no problems in creating a man sized opening.
It will also do less damage as it wont break the frame or damage surrounding brickwork.
[quote][p][bold]Herefordian[/bold] wrote: The Chainsaw used is a specialist piece of kit made by Stihl for the Emergency Services and costs £1090.00 + VAT, a spare chain is £220.00 + Vat[/p][/quote]Very effective it is too. A modern reinforced door is quite difficult to open with an enforcer but this thing looks like it has no problems in creating a man sized opening. It will also do less damage as it wont break the frame or damage surrounding brickwork. New Kid on the Block
  • Score: 11

10:42pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Hugh Wattmate says...

What would happen if the suspect got hurt, as in tried to cut open the door :S.

Could they not just use a battering ram?

If you want to go all sorts of crazy "blow the bloody doors off"
What would happen if the suspect got hurt, as in tried to cut open the door :S. Could they not just use a battering ram? If you want to go all sorts of crazy "blow the bloody doors off" Hugh Wattmate
  • Score: -8

6:32pm Tue 5 Aug 14

obidanshinobi says...

A chainsaw eh ?

Coooooool
A chainsaw eh ? Coooooool obidanshinobi
  • Score: 8

6:40pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Geep says...

No doubt they were looking forward to a starring role in 'Police, Camera, Action'. Even the CSO's now look like SWAT officers. And as Hugh said, what if they made a mistake?
I recall in Malvern a few years back a friend of my wife's came back from work to find 'crime scene' tape all over her shattered flat door, which had not be secured in any way. When she phoned up the police to ask WTF was going on, she was told a drugs raid' had been executed. Turned out the police 'intelligence' was out of date. the people they intended raiding had left 18 months before...
No doubt they were looking forward to a starring role in 'Police, Camera, Action'. Even the CSO's now look like SWAT officers. And as Hugh said, what if they made a mistake? I recall in Malvern a few years back a friend of my wife's came back from work to find 'crime scene' tape all over her shattered flat door, which had not be secured in any way. When she phoned up the police to ask WTF was going on, she was told a drugs raid' had been executed. Turned out the police 'intelligence' was out of date. the people they intended raiding had left 18 months before... Geep
  • Score: -10

8:20am Wed 13 Aug 14

Brownface60 says...

Out of interest, does anyone on hear know what the police's responsibility is if they destroy a door on the wrong property, or find nothing when they do break in? Do they have to make the place secure and arrange repairs quickly? No sympathy if they do find drug suppliers, though but (as Geep says) they can get it wrong.
Out of interest, does anyone on hear know what the police's responsibility is if they destroy a door on the wrong property, or find nothing when they do break in? Do they have to make the place secure and arrange repairs quickly? No sympathy if they do find drug suppliers, though but (as Geep says) they can get it wrong. Brownface60
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