VIDEO: Community praise after drugs raid

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Police in Blackpool have praised residents after community intelligence led to an arrest following a drugs raid.

Officers swooped on an address in Newton Drive, Blackpool, after information was passed to police by residents.

Drugs raid Newton Drive, Blackpool

Drugs raid Newton Drive, Blackpool

A 24-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of possessing Class A drugs, believed to be cocaine.

PC Paul Showell, who organised the raid, said discussions with the community had been key in making the arrest – and urged residents to keep contacting police if concerned about crime.

He added: “We can’t just carry out these raids. To get a warrant we need to show magistrates there is a reason for the raid.

“We have to be provided with that information. We want people to keep providing that to us.

Drugs raid at Newton Drive, Blackpool

Drugs raid at Newton Drive, Blackpool

“We believe we have found something and it was down to reliable information from the community.

“From the information provided it shows we can get a result.”

Officers dressed in riot gear smashed through the door of the ground floor flat at around 11.30am yesterday.

Following a search a small amount of what is believed to be drugs was found by officers. Sgt Kirstie Whyatt, of Blackpool Police, added: “We want to show people you may think we do nothing with information like this, but when we have information we will act on it.

“We want people to come forward with this information. We want to tackle these issues.”

Residents in the area praised the presence of police acting on the issue.

Derek Bamforth, 80, of Newton Drive said: “It is nice to see them – you do not see them enough.

“It is good to see them getting on with these things.”

John McNicol, 52, of Newton Drive added: “It has got to be positive.

“Police have a hard enough job with cutbacks. We want more action and less paperwork – at the moment there seems to be more paperwork and less action. This is good to see.”

– A 24-year-old man, of Newton Drive, was charged on suspicion of possessing class A drugs and has been bailed to appear at Blackpool magistrates’ court.