Morning raids target suspected drug dens
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.