08:00 Saturday 26 January 2013

'Ring of steel' to target dealers

Written byTIM FLETCHER

THE crackdown on drug dealing in Burton has continued as officers hit the streets in an attempt to throw a ‘ring of steel’ around the town.

The latest phase of Operation Nemesis was aimed at deterring a fresh wave of criminals filling the breach left by last week’s high-profile dawn raids.

With 30 officers covering locations including Burton Railway Station and major routes into the town, four people were arrested, eight drivers issued with fixed penalty notices for traffic offences and 11 uninsured vehicles seized.

Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, East Staffordshire local policing team commander, said: “We have disrupted drugs supply in Burton and we are determined to thwart other dealers coming here from outside the area.

“We know that when drug dealers have been taken off our streets, dealers from other parts of the country soon flood the area to supply the demand, but we will do our utmost to protect our communities.

“The police are not alone in the battle against drugs. We need people to tell us about any concerns or suspicions they have, and we will take it seriously and act on that information.”

The operation involved officers from the force’s licensing and tactical planning units, as well as personnel from British Transport Police, the Central Motorway Police Group and East Staffordshire Borough Council.

Nine officers were positioned at the railway station, where a mobile metal detector arch and mobile police station were employed, while officers handed out leaflets promoting Operation Nemesis.

Meanwhile, patrols dispersed to locations around the town, using automatic number plate recognition cameras to target potential offenders.

Officers were located in Stanton Road, Tutbury Road, Forest Road, Derby Road, Ashby Road, Wellington Road and the A38, while further patrols roamed in Winshill and Stapenhill.

At the close of yesterday’s operation, four men had been arrested: two Burton men aged 33 and 34 on suspicion of drugs offences, a 57-year-old man from Derby suspected of driving while disqualified and a 48-year-old man wanted for another matter.

Meanwhile, one driver was reported for a summons regarding a traffic offence while one vehicle was seized on suspicion of having been used in crime.

Sergeant Bob Champeau, who co-ordinated yesterday’s activitity, said: “This has been a very successful operation and we’d like to thank the public for their patience and co-operation.

“Bar none they have all been very supportive, the vast majority were aware of Operation Nemesis and they have all been appreciative of our efforts in combating drug dealing in Burton.”

People who believe they or their family or friends would benefit from drug treatment can get more information from the Operation Nemesis page of the Staffordshire Police website at www. staffordshire.police.uk/nemesis

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