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Cops vow to keep on top of drug crime across area

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 18, 2014

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NEW crime figures have revealed sites where police officers are working to try and reduce drug related crime in South Derbyshire.

The statistics, released via the police.co.uk website, showed that the majority of drug crime was centred around the centre of the area in places such as Swadlincote.

Sites where substance crimes were recorded included Randall Dive, Waterloo Place and Rose Hill, in Woodville and also two sites in Newhall during the month of February, which was the last time figures were updated.

Despite the low levels of incidents and the fact that most were based around drug possession, police chiefs wanted to stress that they were continuing their ‘strong efforts’ to reduce drug crime in the entire district. This comes after a drugs raid in Etwall on Wednesday saw 36 cannabis plants recovered and a man and woman, both 37, bailed while police investigate the matter further.

Nigel Lidsey, section inspector for the area for Derbyshire Police, revealed figures were low due to work being undertaken by his officers.

This is being done under the banner of Operation Bonnington, which is trying to increase the levels of drug related intelligence coming from members of the public.

Insp Lidsey said: “It is a circle. We get information from the public, build an investigation, act on it all and then the public see we are doing something about the problem and continue to feed us information. While it is not a major problem here, it is a major problem for society in general and is not something that anybody would want happening in their street.

“It is not acceptable for people’s lives to be burdened by such worries and this is why we are here to make sure we keep on top of any drug related problems and put an end to them.”

Anyone who would like to report a crime is urged to call 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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