Cannabis found in po­lice swoop

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - By KEN MCERLAIN ken.mcerlain@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

A MAN has been ar­rested af­ter cannabis plants worth around £18,000 were seized from a home in Peter­bor­ough dur­ing a po­lice raid.

Of­fi­cers swooped on an ad­dress in Lin­coln Road, New Eng­land, on Mon­day.

The ac­tion was part of Op­er­a­tion CAN-DO, a multi-agency cam­paign to im­prove the Mill­field and New Eng­land ar­eas over the next ten years.

A tip-off for the raid came from a Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil neigh­bour­hood of­fi­cer who was in the area deal­ing with fly-tip­ping.

A 30-year-old man was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of pro­duc­ing a class B drug and bailed un­til Jan­uary 6.

Pc Alan Calver said: “Drug deal­ing has a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on peo­ple’s lives, caus­ing in­tim­i­da­tion and mis­ery for res­i­dents liv­ing in af­fected ar­eas.

“This kind of ac­tiv­ity will not be tol­er­ated and we will con­tinue to in­vest time to en­sure those linked to drugs are caught and dealt with appropriately.

“I would urge any­one who sus­pects drug deal­ing in their com­mu­nity to con­tact ei­ther the po­lice or Crimestop­pers, anony­mously.”

The raid was praised by Brian Gas­coyne, chair­man of the Mill­field and New Eng­land Re­gen­er­a­tion Part­ner­ship (MANERP), which also works to im­prove the area.

He said: “This is good news and sends out a pow­er­ful mes­sage that drug deal­ing will not be tol­er­ated in the area.

“Op­er­a­tion CAN-DO is a longterm project and that means any drug deal­ers think­ing of com­ing back to the area will have an­other thing com­ing.

“It has been a great suc­cess so far and achieved things far be­yond what I thought could be done.

“The end re­sult is that area is a much safer place and peo­ple don’t feel in­tim­i­dated when they walk down the street.

“It’s also good to see dif­fer­ent agen­cies work­ing to­gether to achieve the same goal.”

Gary Goose, strate­gic man­ager for the Safer­peter­bor­ough part­ner­ship, added: “This is yet an­other ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of ef­fec­tive part­ner­ship work­ing as part of a multi-agency com­mit­ment to meet the de­sired out­comes of Op­er­a­tion CAN-DO.

“It is not ac­cept­able that com­mu­ni­ties liv­ing in this par­tic­u­lar area of our city have to face is­sues and chal­lenges caused by a mi­nor­ity who com­mit crime.

“The suc­cess of this drugs raid is a con­tin­u­a­tion of the ul­ti­mate aim po­lice and part­ners have to erad­i­cate deal­ers and make our city a safer place to live, work and visit.”

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