Four are arrested in drugs swoops

Police executed a number of warrants on several addresses in Blackpool and South Shore
Police executed a number of warrants on several addresses in Blackpool and South Shore
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FOUR people were arrested after a series of drugs raids.

Two flats on Station Road, South Shore, and homes on Ashton Road and Central Drive were raided by a team of 40 police officers just before noon.

Three men, aged 30, 29 and 24, were arrested in connection with drug offences.

Police also arrested a fourth man, a 22-year-old, who had been wanted by police on suspicion of causing criminal damage.

After the action, residents on Ashton Road spoke of their relief police had stepped in to tackle the drugs problem.

Diane Langridge, 30, said: “We’ve been expecting this for ages. I’m very glad it’s happened.”

Pauline Latham, 43, said: “I absolutely expected this. It doesn’t surprise me, the drugs problem is rife in this area.”

David Rethery, 30, praised the police presence in the area, saying he hoped it would send out a message.

He said: “There are people who sell drugs here but I hope the area will be safer now.”

Police were joined by benefit officers to check up on details of those living in the raided residences, and council staff to offer reassurance to neighbours.

Officers say the operation was the result of community intelligence, with information supplied by members of the public helping greatly.

Sgt Rob Gomery, of
Blackpool Police, said: “It was a successful morning, not just in terms of arrests.

“I’m pleased to be able to deliver a message to those who want to involve themselves in crime and also to reassure others we will act on their intelligence.”

Station Road resident Gavin Roberts, 29, said he was surprised by the arrival of police.

He added: “Waking up to them was a bit of a shock.

“We don’t talk to the other tenants but there’s always a lot of coming and going here.

“Hopefully it’ll be a lot calmer in the building now.”

Sgt Mick Pritchard saidBlackpool Police would always act on intelligence given to them by members of the public.

He added: “We will act.

“We will not accept any form of drug-dealing.”