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Hester’s Way residents react to armed police finding two firearms at Howell Road home

By DPF Admin10th May 2016August 6th, 2019Area Updates, Latest News, Northern Updates, Southern Updates

Hester's Way residents have said the area does not deserve a bad reputation despite armed police recovering two firearms at a house yesterday.

Police carried out a fire arms raid at 5.30pm on Saturday at an address in Howell Road.

Eye witnesses said they saw about four or five police vehicles as well as about five armed officers.

The raid was the latest in a line of police incidents in Cheltenham in which firearms have been recovered.

But residents in Howell Road said they hoped the incident would not the area a bad name.

Police carried out a fire arms raid at 5.30pm on Saturday at an address in Howell Road.

Eye witnesses said they saw about four or five police vehicles as well as about five armed officers.

The raid was the latest in a line of police incidents in Cheltenham in which firearms have been recovered.

But residents in Howell Road said they hoped the incident would not the area a bad name.

One resident in the street, who wished not to be named, said: “It's a good area, but just a couple of people bring the reputation of the area down. It's a bit annoying and it bring house values down.

“This is a safe area. You don't really have any trouble.

“Everyone tars Hesters Way with the same brush.”

Nobody has so far been arrested, and police enquiries are ongoing.

Gloucestershire Constabulary has described the incident as “isolated” and said there is no cause for concern among residents living in the area.

An eye witness to the police raid said: “They were there for many hours and it looked like a forensic team was there later on. You could see photos being taken in the bedroom.”

A woman in Howell Road, who also wished not to be named, said Hesters Way was a “good area.”

She said: “I've had more doors held open for me than anywhere else in town. There's a really good community here – it's more good than bad.”

Six arrests were made in March in Sotherby Drive, near GCHQ, in relation to firearms offences. . Eight police vehicles including Ministry of Defence police were called to the incident.

Shots were fired at a house and cars in Bouncer's Lane, Prestbury in February. Police arrested 15 people in relation to the incident.

Officers launched a manhunt to find the culprits and said the incident was believed to be linked to a “criminal feud” and said a shotgun was used.

Another resident in Howells Drive, who also wished not to be named, said: “The area is fine – personally I think there's nothing wrong with it at all.

“I'm not shocked – things like this can happen anywhere. You can live in a big posh estate and have incidents like this.”

There were 27 recorded incidents involving firearms in Gloucestershire between April 2014 and March 2015, according to the Office for National Statistics.

That figure was a reduction from the 51 reports of firearm crimes in the county between April 2011 and March 2012.

A spokesperson for Gloucestershire Constabulary said: “The police executed a fire arms warrant at a property on Howell road at 5.30pm Saturday.

“We understand an operation of this nature can be a worry for local residents, but we would like to reassure the public that this is an isolated case and there should be no cause for concern.”

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