Drugs seized, machete and knife confiscated and four arrested in police operation

PUBLISHED: 13:03 24 April 2018 | UPDATED: 13:03 24 April 2018

Sgt Colin Batchelor says Avon and Somerset is responding to public concern and 'taking action'.

Sgt Colin Batchelor says Avon and Somerset is responding to public concern and 'taking action'.

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One of Weston-super-Mare’s top police officers has issued a warning to drug dealers, affirming the town is ‘hostile and unwelcoming environment for their activities’.

Sergeant Colin Batchelor, of Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s South Ward Beat Team, has promised the force is dealing with drug-related crime ‘robustly’ after a day of action saw several arrests, class A and B drugs seized, and a machete confiscated.

Avon and Somerset launched a day of action on Thursday, targeting county line drug dealers and suspected ‘cuckooing’ offences, where dealers take control of vulnerable people’s homes and use them as a base to pedal narcotics.

Sgt Batchelor said: “We want the residents of Weston to know we are listening to their concerns and taking action”.

Officers visited several properties where cuckooing is suspected to be taking place, and town centre mobile patrols were conducted in Grove Park, Worthy Place and the Boulevard – with stop-and-search powers used to investigate suspects, culminating in four arrests.

Sgt Batchelor said: “This was a day of action primarily carried out by the Weston Neighbourhood Policing Team with valuable support from intelligence and officers with our Operational Support Unit.

“We want dealers to know Weston is a hostile and unwelcoming environment for their activities and whenever we have information relating to drug-related criminal activity, we’ll deal with it robustly.

“During this day of action we arrested four people – two were released under investigation for further enquiries, one was charged with a breach of a Community Protection Notice and the other was released without charge.

“We also recovered items including a quantity of suspected class A and B drugs, a machete-style knife, as well as another large knife found in an NCP car park.

“Just as importantly, we were able to confirm properties in the town which are being used for county line drug dealing activities so we’re able to use this information to disrupt the criminals’ networks.

“Please call us on 101 if you have any information about drug dealing in your neighbourhood, or you can report it online.”

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