Drugs seized in raids

Arrests made during a police operation in North Shore.
Arrests made during a police operation in North Shore.
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POLICE seized Class A drugs from the streets of Blackpool during a morning of raids across the resort.

Officers discovered a stash of suspected heroin after forcing their way into a property on Clarement Court, North Shore, yesterday.

And as the Claremont area of the town centre was put into “lockdown”, officers also executed a drugs warrant at nearby Ashburton Road.

Although no drugs were found in that property a 22-year-old man was escorted from the premises to his home on Norfolk Road, where police discovered suspected Ecstacy.

Insp Jason Richardson, geographic inspector for Blackpool central, told The Gazette: “We have arrested two people on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs. We’re very pleased with how the operation has gone because ultimately it was about disruption which we have certainly done and it was well-received by the community.”

As well as carrying out the planned drug raids, the lockdown saw officers patrol the streets and conduct stop searches of suspicious individuals and vehicles.

Nikita Coleman, who lives on Claremont Court, said: “I’m pleased to see the police, there are quite a lot of drugs around here.

“Action like this will help clean up the area.”

Ena Ross has recently moved in with family on Ashburton Road after returning from Tenerife, and said the area had gone downhill in recent years.

She said: “There are a lot of drugs round here and the young kids need something better to do.

“This used to be a nice area but it isn’t anymore.”

n A 22-year-old man, from Norfolk Road and a 28-year-old woman, from Claremont Court, have both been arrested.