Police swoops target dealers

Police executed a number of early morning drug raids in Fleetwood and arrested three people.'An officer uses a battering ram to open the front door. PIC BY ROB LOCK'28-5-2012
Police executed a number of early morning drug raids in Fleetwood and arrested three people.'An officer uses a battering ram to open the front door. PIC BY ROB LOCK'28-5-2012
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SUSPECTED drug dealers were taken off the streets when police raided five homes,

Three arrests were made at properties in Fleetwood during early morning raids which saw officers break down front doors across the town.

Addresses on Hazeldene Road, Whinfield Avenue, Wingrove Road, Southfleet Place and London Street were all targeted in the hunt for mephedrone and amphetamine dealers.

A fourth man was arrested later in the day when police traced the 40-year-old to Dronsfield Road, Fleetwood.

Operation

Sgt Steve McQuillan, of the Neighbourhood Police Team, said: “This is the second operation we have carried out this year as a result of information recovered from residents in Fleetwood.

“It sends out a clear message that if anybody is dealing in illegal substances they will be arrested.

“The arrests will have a big impact on reducing the availability of illegal drugs in Fleetwood and increase the confidence that residents have in police.

“It also sends out a clear message that if you deal drugs you will be arrested and brought before the courts.”

Officers caught the occupants of the homes by surprise as they used rams to break down doors and uncover drugs as part of Operation Nimrod.

Police arrested a 46-year-old man on Hazeldene Road and a 36-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman on Wingrove Road on suspicion of drugs related offences.

One shocked Hazeldene Road resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “The raids are good as long as we get rid of the dealers.

“I have a lot of little kids and I hope they get rid of the problem for their sake.

“As long as it cleans up the area I don’t mind this happening because kids play on this street everyday and I want it to be safe for them.”

Another resident added: “It’s shocking when kids are living on the street.

“They need to put a stop to it and it’s good this is happening.”

Notices were placed in the windows of the raided homes to explain arrests had been made – a practice which was supported by Wyre Council.

Coun Roger Berry, cabinet member for neighbourhood services, said: “I’m very pleased these officers are carrying out operations and putting pressure on people who are dealing in drugs.

“These dealers need to know the next knock on their door could be a police officer and the community have got to know the council is supporting the police.

“I think it’s important that by putting notices up in the properties of the arrested people, the community are aware a drug dealer could be living in the vicinity.”

Anyone with information about drug dealing in their community should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.