Drug operation to tackle drug misuse in Bournemouth
Police in Bournemouth have carried out a large scale operation to tackle drug misuse in the Boscombe area of the town – with a number of arrests being made.
In one of the biggest operations in Dorset in recent years, today, Tuesday 15 July 2014, officers proactively targeted a number of addresses on suspicion of drug misuse and supply.
A total number of 13 properties were raided. As a result of the warrants executed, 16 arrests for drug-related offences were made. These included eight women, aged between 24 and 41, a 17-year-old boy and seven men, aged between 18 and 51.
Bournemouth East Neighbourhood Inspector Chris Weeks said: “Today has been a day of action focusing on on-street drug dealing. Although crime and disorder is at a five year low, our communities tell us that on-street drug dealing and anti-social behaviour is a real concern. We have taken that information, looked into it and the result is this day of action.
“The message to anyone involved in on-street drug dealing is quite simple – if you are drug dealing, it will not be tolerated and you will be arrested.
“As part of ongoing police work, day to day patrols will continue to listen to communities and will continue to keep the pressure on these individuals. Anyone with concerns is asked to contact Dorset Police on 101 in confidence.”
Bournemouth Council Cabinet member for Partnerships and Regeneration, Cllr Jane Kelly, who represents Boscombe West, said: “Such initiatives are contributing positively to the Backing Boscombe campaign and the work of the Boscombe Regeneration Partnership.
“We are pleased that this sort of operation has been carried out by the police and it shows that they are listening to residents. This kind of positive action along with the council’s long term regeneration plan for Boscombe will make a huge difference to those living here.”
Issued: 15 July 2014
Update: 16 July 2014
Police in Bournemouth have today, Wednesday 16 July 2014, continued with a large scale pro-active operation to tackle drug misuse in the Boscombe area of the town – with further arrests being made.
A total number of 21 properties have now been raided. As a result of the warrants executed, 29 arrests have been made.
A 20-year-old London man, two 43-year-old Bournemouth men and four Bournemouth women – aged 32, 33, 40 and 47 – were charged with drug offences and were due to appear at court on Wednesday 16 July 2014.
Update: 17 July 2014
In total 34 arrests have now been made.
A 17-year-old Bournemouth boy and six men - aged 18, 28, 29, 39, 41, 59 and also from Bournemouth - a 51-year-old man of no fixed abode, two Bournemouth women, aged 24 and 41, a 19-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman, both from Christchurch were all charged with drug offences and due to appear at court on Thursday 17 July 2014.
38-year-old man, of no fixed abode and five Bournemouth men – aged 32, 34, 38, 41 and 46 – have been charged with drug offences and are all due to appear at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court on Friday 18 July 2014.
15-year-old boy has been released without charge.
Update: 18 July 2014
A 40-year-old man, of no fixed abode, a 47-year-old Bournemouth man, a 17-year-old Bournemouth girl and a 27-year-old London man have been charged with drug offences and are all due to appear at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court on Friday 18 July 2014.