POLICE executed a drugs raid and found an axe, hammer... and a Kinder egg packed full of suspected wraps of cocaine or heroin.

Specialist officers swooped on the house in Canterbury Avenue, Southend, where the haul was found in the bedroom.

Witnesses reported seeing a number of police vehicles outside the house during the bust, which took place on Wednesday morning.

One woman, who lives in the road and has asked to remain anonymous, said: “I was walking the dog and saw a load of police cars outside a house.

“I thought something serious must have happened, but there was no ambulance so assumed it must have been some kind of raid - not what you want to see on your doorstep.”

Drugs officers, from Essex Police’s Operation Raptor South team, also found the Kinder egg with more than a dozen wraps of suspected class A drugs hidden inside.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “Two men were arrested in Canterbury Avenue, Southend, at about 8.55am on Wednesday.

“Officers found suspected drugs during the search.”

A 39-year-old man from Shoebury, has been arrested and now charged with possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.

He is due to appear at Basildon Crown Court in June.

A 54-year-old man from Chelmsford was also arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug.

He has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Essex Police set up Operation Raptor teams in the North, South and West of the county to tackle drug and gang-related crime.

If you have information or details about drug or gang-related crime in your community and area contact Essex Police on 101.

Alternatively, you can contact independent crimefighting charity Crimestoppers in 100 per cent confidence on 0800 555 111.

You can also share information online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.uk/give-information

, from Essex Police’s Operation Raptor South team,