Community help police sniff out drugs which lead to town raids

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Dave Rogerson: new acting Inspector at Normanton NPT.'w314b332

Police have been cracking down on drug dealers across Normanton.

Around £1,500 worth of cannabis and amphetamines were seized during two raids on properties in the town.

Officers and police dogs stormed two houses simultaneously on Hawthorne Mount and Bevan Avenue.

Inside they found a “significant amount of class B drugs” which have an estimated street value of around £1,500.

The drugs were found following tip-offs from neighbours, who complained of smelling cannabis in the area.

Similar complaints also led to cannabis plants being found during another search on a property on Favell Avenue.

Sgt Peter Roberts, who led the operations by Normanton neighbourhood police team (NPT), said: “This was a great result for my team and we are grateful for the community intelligence which we received.

“We want to appeal for any information regarding drug dealing or suspicious behaviour that might indicate drug activity.

“This can be reported to the NPT or Crimestoppers and any information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.”

The raids took place at 6pm on Monday, July 8.

A 51-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supplying drugs following the raids

They have both been released on police bail while further inquiries take place.

The discoveries have come in the first few weeks for new acting inspector for the NPT, Dave Rogerson.

Acting Insp Rogerson will oversee the team for the next three to six months, while Insp Lisa Kirkland carries out work elsewhere in the force.

He said he had been impressed with his team’s work so far and is looking forward to his time with the community, following previous work in CID and safeguarding teams.

He has been with the police for 18 years.

Acting Insp Rogerson said: “A lot of the information we get comes from the community.

“And we then follow it up with operations like the ones we have carried out recently.

“It is a team effort, from the PCSOs walking about the streets and talking to people, to us working with other agencies.

“I know a lot of people see growing cannabis as low-level drug use, but it can lead to a life of crime as people turn to burglary or shoplifting to fund their habit.

“The NPT is a completely different operation for me, but I am looking forward to it.”

Anyone with information about drugs should ring 101.