Teenager arrested on suspicion of dealing drugs to schoolchildren

PUBLISHED: 15:23 12 January 2017

The incident happened outside a Weston-super-Mare school.

The incident happened outside a Weston-super-Mare school.

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A teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of drug-dealing outside a Weston-super-Mare school.

The 17-year-old was arrested late yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon for possession with intent to supply class B drugs, after he was found near a school with cash and cannabis in his possession.

The teenager was located by officers from Avon and Somerset Constabulary after they were made aware of someone suspected to be selling drugs to schoolchildren in the area.

He was found to be in possession of both cash and drugs and a further search of his home led to the seizure of drug paraphernalia, including scales and snap bags.

Neville Coles is the executive principal of the Priory Learning Trust, which is based in Worle.

He said: “We work closely with the local policing team and fully support their actions yesterday.

“We are committed to protecting and safeguarding our students’ welfare and we will not tolerate any antisocial or criminal activities either on or around the school site, and will fully support the police in taking the appropriate action to deal with it.”

Sergeant Julie Denny, from Weston Police Station, added: “Because we had information relating to suspected drug dealing to young people, my officers were tasked with locating the suspect as quickly as possible, which they managed to do within a few hours.

“We work closely with our local schools to deal with issues such as this, and I hope this sends a clear message that we won’t tolerate drug dealing or criminals who target young people.”

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