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Police Crackdown on Drug Offences in Grimsby and Cleethorpes

November 19, 2012, 2:29 pm

An operation to help stamp out drugs offences in pubs and clubs in Grimsby and Cleethorpes took place on Saturday 17 November.

Operation FERRET, which is aimed at targeting those intent on dealing and taking drugs in Grimsby and Cleethorpes involved a large number of Special Constables, who supported a handful of police officers and a drugs dog from South Yorkshire Police.

The officers started off by visiting pubs in Grimsby Town centre, before moving onto Cleethorpes where a further four pubs were attended as part of the Operation. The aim was to find those people who are dealing and taking drugs, which increases the risk of alcohol related violence in the area.

Operation FERRET saw one person being arrested on suspicion of drugs offences along with a large number of people being searched and issued with Section 27 notices.

The officer who lead the Operation, Inspector Scott Snowden said: “The reduction in violence in Grimsby and Cleethorpes venues at night has been significant. That is because of the effective work of the licensing officer and Pubwatch. We want to capitalise on that and want people to know that Cleethorpes and Grimsby are great for nights out.”

“The operation is about providing reassurance and a visibility to the public that we will act. This is mostly about drug-related crime to make Grimsby and Cleethorpes safer places to visit.

“We are now approaching the festive season and the night time economy in both Grimsby and Cleethorpes will be significantly busier. I, again, want to reassure people what they can have a safe and enjoyable night out and that police will be doing all they can to put a stop to drink and drug related violent crime.

“Police can do the high visibility patrols and the searches of premises, but we do need people to come forward and speak to police if they have concerns. We have worked hard over the past few years, which has seen a reduction in the number of offences in Grimsby and Cleethorpes, but we do need people to be our eyes and ears.”

Licensing Officer, for both North and North East Lincolnshire Ken Stone added: “We are specifically targeting drug-related offences because the operators of the venues are increasingly concerned about the drugs being sold in and around their venues.

“We are not there to get the venue operators. They are on side with us. We are there to get the drug users and dealers.

“I am pleased the licensees are working with us. The drugs found on the operation were negligible, but it has demonstrated to drug dealers that we are out there and that has stopped them this weekend and they know that we will be there at anytime.”

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