Alleged drug incident in Charlton Down, Dorchester
At 4.48am today, Thursday 21 November 2013, Dorset Police was called to an address in Sherren Avenue in Charlton Down, Dorchester.
Officers attended and found what is alleged to be a home produced drugs lab as a number of component chemicals were found within the premises.
As a precaution eight properties have been evacuated and an investigation is under way. A cordon has been put in place to preserve the scene and officers from Dorset Police and Dorset Fire and Rescue Service are at the location to preserve the evidence and keep the scene safe.
A 24-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of producing drugs.
UPDATED 21 NOVEMBER 2013
This is an update in relation to incident 21:28 in which officers had been called to an address in Sherren Avenue in Charlton Down near Dorchester in the early hours of today, Thursday 21 November 2013, and found an alleged home produced drugs lab with a number of component chemicals.
Officers are awaiting scientific advice in relation to the disposal of the chemicals. It is hoped that the disposal of the chemicals will be completed by the end of tomorrow, Friday 22 November 2013.
The occupants of the eight properties which have been evacuated as a precaution will remain in temporary accommodation tonight and the cordon will remain in place to preserve the scene.
A 24-year-old local man, who has been arrested on suspicion of production of drugs, is still helping officers with their enquiries.
UPDATED 22 NOVEMBER 2013
The 24-year-old local man who was arrested on suspicion of production of controlled drugs has been released on police bail until late January 2014.
Residents have been allowed to return to all but one of the neighbouring premises that were evacuated – the remaining property will be released as soon as possible. A cordon remains in place around the scene while Dorset Police concludes the forensic examination.
Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 21:28.
Issued: 21 November 2013