Police arrest 16-year-old in Grove Park drugs crackdown

PUBLISHED: 11:26 19 June 2015 | UPDATED: 11:26 19 June 2015

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A POLICE crackdown on antisocial behaviour in Weston’s Grove Park has seen a boy of just 16 arrested on suspicion of dealing heroin and crack cocaine.

The park has long been one of Weston’s favourite beauty spots, but has also been regularly blighted by criminal behaviour and vandalism.

In the early 2000s it was exposed as a popular haunt for drug-users, but strong police action and new bylaws helped to bring problems under control.

However, problems have resurfaced in recent months.

The park’s popular café has been vandalised on several occasions, and at least one serious assault has also occurred there.

Community concerns about drug use and dealing in the area were also shared with police, prompting Avon and Somerset Constabulary to increase uniformed patrols in and around the park, which lies at the north end of High Street.

Yesterday (Thursday) officers patrolling the area arrested a teenager on suspicion of drug offences and carrying a weapon.

The 16-year-old, who comes from London, has since been charged with conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine. He has also been charged with possessing a knife in a public place.

He is due to appear before magistrates at North Somerset Courthouse today (Friday).

The police’s neighbourhood manager, Inspector Sharon Bennett, said community intelligence is vital to keeping the town safe.

She said: “We will continue to listen to the concerns of the community and take action accordingly.

“If anyone has any information about crime in Weston they can contact us through our website or by calling 101.”

Alternatively, crime can be reported through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

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