COUNTER-terrorism police smashed through the door of a suspected drug dealer’s bedsit as part of coordinated raids across the town.

The armed officers, who are trained to take down terrorist cells, used specialist hydraulic tools to gain entry to the Oxford Street bedsit at around 9am this morning.

It was one of six police raids across Swindon, as more than 50 officers attempted to crush a number of drugs lines dealing heroin and crack cocaine. Officers were spotted hitting homes in Westcott Place and Farnsby Street.

Det Insp Paul Franklin of Wiltshire Police’s dedicated crime team said: “We’re targeting those that are the most prolific, most dangerous, those that present the most danger.”

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Angus Macpherson, police and crime commissioner for the county, said the force was doing as much as it could to tackle the problem of county line drug dealing: “In fact, I think we’re doing more than many areas.”

Read the full report in tomorrow’s Adver.