Morn­ing raids tar­get sus­pected drug dens

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By MATTHEW REVILLE matthew.reville@pe­ter­bor­oughto­

PO­LICE swooped on sus­pected drug dens in dawn raids across the city and ar­rested seven peo­ple.

The raids yes­ter­day were part of Op­er­a­tion Tor­bay – a crack­down on drug deal­ing in Peter­bor­ough which tar­geted seven prop­er­ties in a crack­down on drug ac­tiv­ity.

Some of those ar­rested were sus­pected of be­ing drug deal­ers who came from out­side the city to Peter­bor­ough specif­i­cally to sell drugs.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Neil Sloane, who led the raids, said the ar­rests would be a strong mes­sage that Peter­bor­ough would not tol­er­ate any form of drug deal­ing.

DI Sloane said: “To ar­rest sus­pected Class A deal­ers sends out a clear mes­sage.

“Many deal­ers come to Peter­bor­ough from larger met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas and they see it as a soft touch. This shows that it is not.

“Our of­fi­cers will crack down on drug deal­ers as hard as any­one in the coun­try.

“Op­er­a­tion Tor­bay tar­gets drug deal­ers and we are us­ing all our pow­ers to ar­rest any drug deal­ers op­er­at­ing in Peter­bor­ough.”

Five of the ar­rests were on sus­pi­cion of sup­ply­ing Class A drugs. These were: a 27-year-old man in Bourges Boule­vard; a 40-year-old man in Gilpin Street, New Eng­land; a 16-year-old boy in Grove Court, Wood­ston; a 30-year-old man in Em­peror Way, Flet­ton, and a 34-yearold wo­man in East­field Road.

An­other 28-year-old man was ar­rested in Grove Court, Wood­ston, on sus­pi­cion of pos­sess­ing a Class B drug cannabis and a 47-year-old man was ar­rested at the same ad­dress on sus­pi­cion of elec­tric­ity ab­strac­tion.

The morn­ing raids in­volved a to­tal of 15 po­lice of­fi­cers and took place across seven dif­fer­ent ad­dresses in Bourges Boule­vard, East­field Road, Em­peror Way, Grove Court and Gilpin Street be­tween 7.30am and 9am.

Five of­fi­cers at­tended each of the houses and were equipped with bat­ter­ing rams in case they needed to knock down the doors of the ad­dresses.

The Evening Tele­graph wit­nessed two of the raids.

The first took place at 7.30am at Grove Court where they knocked through two neigh­bour­ing flats’ doors si­mul­ta­ne­ously with bat­ter­ing rams.

The heavy-set doors proved dif­fi­cult to open with force and res­i­dents were urged to open up to give them ac­cess.

Of­fi­cers scram­bled in­side both flats and ur­gently told those in­side to sit down and com­ply with their in­struc­tions.

A po­lice snif­fer dog ar­rived at 7.50am to look for drugs and un­cov­ered three val­ium pills and some cannabis in one of the flats.

Three males were ar­rested – a 16-year-old for sus­pi­cion of sup­ply­ing a Class A drug, a 28-year-old for cannabis pos­ses­sion and a 47-year-old for elec­tric­ity ab­strac­tion.

The team then trav­elled to Gilpin Street where of­fi­cers used bolt cut­ters and a saw to get through a fence that sep­a­rated two prop­er­ties.

They then shat­tered both doors us­ing the bat­ter­ing rams and of­fi­cers rushed in­side, ar­rest­ing a 40-year-old man on sus­pi­cion of sup­ply­ing Class A drugs.

swoop: Po­lice break down a fence be­tween two prop­er­ties in New Eng­land, dur­ing the morn­ing raid.

raid: A po­lice of­fi­cer us­ing a bat­ter­ing ram to en­ter a house in Gilpin Street and right, a man be­ing led away for ques­tion­ing by po­lice from Grove Court, Wood­ston.

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