£8k heroin find in raid

Blackpool police carrying out drugs raids and (below) Det Sgt Angela Grey.

Blackpool police carrying out drugs raids and (below) Det Sgt Angela Grey.

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A MASSIVE heroin haul was seized after police forced their way into a Blackpool home.

The £8,000 stash was discovered by officers executing a warrant at a property in Layton, while a “significant amount” of cocaine was seized from a house in the resort’s North Shore area.

Det Sgt Angela Grey

Det Sgt Angela Grey

The seizures came after officers forced their way into properties.

One man has been arrested and a second man charged in connection with the hauls.

Police seized the heroin from an address on Layton’s Drummond Avenue on Friday, while 24 hours earlier cocaine and drugs paraphernalia were discovered at a property on 
Shaftesbury Avenue, North Shore.

John Kirkwood, 29, of Drummond Avenue, was arrested and charged with possession of heroin with intent to supply and appeared before Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

A 36-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine with intent to supply and has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Det Sgt Angela Grey, from Blackpool police, said: “Both seizures were significant amounts of illegal substances that ultimately could have brought great harm to our community.

“Drugs have obvious health risks, but they also bring with them the further misery of anti-social behaviour and even further crime being committed to fund habits.

“Information from residents is always vital when it comes to interrupting supply chains, so we would ask people to report their suspicions to us.”

Cath Hurley, treasurer of Layton Traders’ Association, said she was pleased the police had acted to take drugs off the area’s streets.

She said: “It’s good to get the drugs off the streets. We don’t want them in Layton and we don’t want things like this happening. It’s a good community in Layton and we’re hoping people do pass messages on to the police and if they have concerns about things they raise them at PACT (police and communities together) meetings. People need to be reporting things to keep Layton safe.”

And Warbreck Coun Tony Brown said: “There are not a lot of problems raised at our PACT meetings but it reassures residents when these things happen and the police act.”

Information can be passed to police by calling 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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