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Operation to tackle drug misuse in Bournemouth

Police in Bournemouth have carried out an operation to tackle drug misuse in the town.

In January 2014, officers proactively targeted the Triangle and West Cliff areas of the town after receiving information about drug misuse and supply.

Operation Vertum has seen increased high-visibility and covert patrols in the two areas aimed at disrupting the supply of controlled drugs.

A week of action was staged by Bournemouth Safer Neighbourhood Teams between 17 March 2014 and 21 March 2014, which saw seven arrests for drug-related offences.

During the operation, which ran between 1 January 2014 and 31 March 2014, a total of 22 arrests were made for Class A drug offences and officers stopped and searched 65 individuals under Section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

Bournemouth Central Neighbourhood Inspector Heather Dixey said total crime in Central Bournemouth has fallen by three per cent during the operation, which equates to 150 fewer reported crimes.

Inspector Heather Dixey continued: “Misuse and supply of drugs within Bournemouth will not be tolerated and anyone caught dealing drugs in our communities will be dealt with robustly by the courts.

“Those individuals found suffering from drug addiction problems have been referred to the appropriate agencies to enable them to access the help they need.

“I would like to thank the community for their assistance with this operation and for providing information which has helped us target and disrupt illegal drug supply in Bournemouth.

“I continue to urge anyone with any information about drug dealing to either contact 101 or their local Safer Neighbourhood Team officer.”

Issued: 9 April 2014