Seven people were arrested in dawn raids across High Wycombe and other parts of the country.

Specialist officers from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) swooped on addresses in High Wycombe, Milton Keynes, Kent and London early on September 2.

Seven people were arrested in 13 different locations on suspicion of a string of crimes including conspiracy to supply class A drugs and conspiracy to supply firearms.

It comes after an operation in July this year, which was led by the National Crime Agency in partnership with every police force in the UK and overseas law enforcement agencies.

This operation saw a huge breakthrough in the fight against serious and organised crime, after the takedown of a bespoke encrypted global communication service used exclusively by criminals.

Thousands of handsets have been monitored, millions of messages have been analysed and intelligence gathered across the country and overseas has revealed the illicit activity of people using this system around the world.

SEROCU worked with Thames Valley Police to carry out the raids in Bucks.

Assistant Chief Constable Pete O’Doherty, South East Regional Lead for Serious Organised Crime warned criminals there is "nowhere to hide".

He said: “Back in July I warned that work was continuing to track criminals that may have felt untouchable, using a system they thought was under the radar of law enforcement, but the technology is being used against them.

"Today, this operation demonstrates that this work never stops and SEROCU, along with all our partners, will continue to pursue those who are involved in serious and organised crime.

"There is nowhere to hide.

"I’d like to take a moment to thank the officers and staff from across SEROCU and our local forces, who have been involved in this operation today.

"We will keep working tirelessly to disrupt this criminality and bring those found to be involved to justice.”