Police launch crackdown on clubbers’ drug habit

Police seized cocaine and cannabis during an operation in Poulton. Pictured (left to right) are Insp Jackson, Sgt Steve Hardman, Coun Alf Clempson and drugs dog Will and his handler.
Police seized cocaine and cannabis during an operation in Poulton. Pictured (left to right) are Insp Jackson, Sgt Steve Hardman, Coun Alf Clempson and drugs dog Will and his handler.
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A major clampdown on class A drugs has been launched in Poulton, amid growing concerns cocaine is flooding the town’s nightlife.

A drugs dog was taken into pubs and clubs across the town as part of a high-visibility police patrol, last weekend, which came in response to residents’ fears.

And it also comes as councillors have been calling for increased patrols to keep the town centre safe at night.

Wyre Inspector Steve Bell said: “People think taking class A drugs on a night out is socially acceptable – it is not.”

Police recovered cocaine and cannabis last weekend, when they took passive drugs dog Will into Poulton’s licensed premises.

A man was yesterday interviewed under caution and suspected of possessing a class A substance.

Insp Bell added: “We have had some concerns from local residents about the conduct of some individuals coming to Poulton for an evening out.

“We want to reassure people, and as part of that we took a drugs dog out with us.

“We found a number of used small snap bags when we walked in numerous places.”

Police officers were accompanied last weekend by Coun Alf Clempson, county councillor for Poulton, who said he was pleased with the police response.

He said: “What people tell me is they want to see a police presence in Poulton on a Friday and Saturday night.

“I have been pushing for that, and the police listened.

“I expect these patrols to continue, and I’m going to fight for a bigger police presence in Poulton.

“The people in Poulton want to go out for a good night out – they don’t want unruly behaviour.”

Police insisted they regularly put on extra patrols at the weekends, when large numbers of people head to Poulton for a night out.

Residents and traders have said the problems caused by the night-time economy in the town are “getting out of hand”.

They say anti-social behaviour and criminal damage caused on a night out is having an impact on businesses.