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Major police incident at Lynch Hill Lane, Britwell

Helicopter, 10 marked, 3 unmarked police vehicles
including armed response unit and police dog.

Report and photographs: Paul Janik
Lynch Hill Lane / Newport Road

A major police incident occurred in Britwell last night.

The first signs were police vehicles whizzing-along bump-shewn Long Furlong Drive at 21:50 on Saturday 4 November. During the next half-hour more marked police cars joined-in.

A police helicopter circled above Burnham Lane and the Lynch Hill valley.

At least 8 marked police cars attended the unknown incident, together with a four-wheel drive armed response vehicle (ARV), a marked police van and three unmarked police cars.

The ARV crew did not display firearms or wear bullet-proof protection.

The 3 unmarked police cars waited at strategic places in the vicinity of Lynch Hill Lane and on the corner of Long Furlong Drive/Calbroke Road.

At one time 5 police cars were parked in lower Lynch Hill Lane at the bottom (east) end of Newport Road. 4 police officers stood, equally spaced-out, on the south pavement of Newport Road. All looked northwards. All refused to say anything.

It seemed they were expecting a fugitive to emerge from the houses on the north side of Newport Road. Around the corner at the nearby block of flats, to the north of Newport Road and west of the Lynch Hill (numbers 250-260 Lynch Hill Lane) police officers with a marked police van waited in the dark and cold.

In Lynch Hill Lane, between Dove House Crescent and Long Furlong, more police officers waited in the cold darkness.

At the junction of upper Lynch Hill Lane/Gaveston Road an unmarked police car conspicuously waited in the middle of the road with its headlights on.

A source told the Slough Times police were seeking one male, of mixed race, thin and about 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall.

Garrard Road

Later there was considerable police activity, with 5 marked vehicles, including an armed response vehicle and what appeared to be a police dog, outside a house in the eastern end of Garrard Road.

That house is said by locals to be a drug house which police have raided and found £8,000 cash.

There was a lot of police activity around the opened front door.

At 00:14 Sunday, the police presence in Garrard Road dispersed.

Thames Valley Police foolishly put vehicle registration numbers on their unmarked covert cars from the same series of car registration numbers used for their marked police vehicles.

Police press statement

Sunday, 5 November 2017, 12:31 hours

Officers were in the Britwell area yesterday evening (4/11) following reports that a man wanted in connection with a series of burglaries in the Slough area had been sighted.

Officers attended the scene and carried out enquiries to locate the man, however no arrests have yet been made.

Anyone who sees any men acting suspiciously in the area is asked to call 101.