Police in city centre drugs swoop


Jennifer Meierhans

REVELLERS were caught with Class A drugs during a police crackdown in Chester city centre.

Alcohol was also seized from under 18s and an arrest was made after an assault in a nightclub.

Officers took to the streets on a Saturday night to clampdown on drug takers and dealers and have warned of further crackdowns during the run up to Christmas.

Acting on the indications of sniffer dogs and observation, they searched more than 50 people.

Seven people were found to be in possession of controlled drugs including cannabis, MDMA, mephedrone (M-Cat) and amphetamine, five of whom were given adult cautions.

One person is to be summonsed  for possession of a Class A drug, while another received a penalty notice for disorder for drugs possession.

One person was also arrested for actual bodily harm at a nightclub.

Alcohol was seized from under 18s, several people issued with direction to leave notices and several people reported for urinating in a public place.

Following the exercise on September 29, PC Martin Elliott Redhead of Chester Inner Neighbourhood Policing Unit said: “The operation was a great success and we received many positive comments from members of the public about
the number of officers out on foot patrol and the proactive stance we are taking against drugs in the city centre.”

Officers used a sniffer dog from neighbouring North Wales Police to complete the operation, and say it is the latest in a string before Christmas.

PC Redhead said: “We are planning a number of operations in the period leading up to Christmas.

“We will arrive at licensed premises without warning. We will explain to the manager that we won’t be there long and that we don't want to disrupt business, but that we’re acting on intelligence. We want to make it impossible for drug dealers to operate in Chester city centre.

“We want to make it so difficult for them to manoeuvre that they just give up and go elsewhere, but we don’t want to pass the problem on. We want to catch people.”

Anyone with information about illegal drug activity in Chester should contact Cheshire Police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

See full story in the Chester Leader

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