Police name 18 people charged after Weston-super-Mare drug raids

PUBLISHED: 10:01 13 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:01 13 July 2016

Police in Ashcombe Road yesterday morning.

Police in Ashcombe Road yesterday morning.

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Avon and Somerset Constabulary have charged 18 people from Weston-super-Mare and Yatton on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs following raids in North Somerset yesterday (Tuesday).

The people charged accused of supplying Class A drugs

The defendants live in Weston-super-Mare, unless specified otherwise.

* Mark Chapman, 52, of Birchwood Avenue.

* Phillipa Birkenshaw, 43, of Birchwood Avenue.

* Mark Kay, 40, of Meadow Street.

* Kelly Hart, 35, of Drove Road.

* Ryan Love, 32 of Drove Road.

* Connor Beer, 18, of Moorland Road.

* Vincent Martin, 45, of Churchill Road.

* Gary Hynam, 46, of Churchill Road.

* Joshua Witts, 19, of Stonebridge Road.

* Ashley King, 28, of Laburnum Road.

* Jannette Mason, 65, of Upper Church Road.

* Kyle Pike, 23, of Jasmine Court.

* John Carr, 35, of Elm Walk, Yatton

* Natasha Reilly, 29, of Marconi Close.

* Paul Clark, 47, of Ashcombe Road.

* Anthony Vowles, 32, of Alfred Street.

* Joanne Trotter, 54, of Boulevard.

* Brian Munson, 44, of Royal Crescent.

Police officers spent hours yesterday targeting suspected drug dealers and this morning (Wednesday) confirmed they have charged men and women with 60 offences.

A total of 13 men and five women have been charged.

Police say the group, who are aged 18 to 65, will appear at Bristol Magistrates Court today.

The charges follow a nine-month county-wide investigation by police.

Yesterday’s raids saw more than 30 people arrested and 18 search warrants executed.

Speaking yesterday, Chief Constable Andy Marsh asked the community to keep them informed of anything untoward happening in their neighbourhood.

He said: “I know how much meticulous detail went into the planning the action and how much hard work went into the investigation as a whole so it’s great to see that work pay off with a number of suspected drug dealers taken off the streets of Weston.

“As a force we are steadfast in our commitment to tackling the scourge of drugs which blight the lives of so many in our communities.

“We will do everything we can to keep people safe but we can’t do this alone.

“We need the support of the local community – they are our eyes and ears so please tell us about anything in your street or neighbourhood which makes you feel uneasy and we will take action.”

* For full story, pick up a copy of tomorrow’s (Thursday’s) Weston Mercury.


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