The Ashfield Police Safer Neighbourhood Team and Ashfield District Council’s Community Safety Department are working in partnership to address drug taking in Sutton-in-Ashfield Town Centre. They are prioritising the ongoing issue of the use of the drugs known as ‘Black Mamba’, ‘Spice’ and similar substances and the visible effect it has in Sutton-in-Ashfield town centre.
This week saw three days of action, consisting of high visibility patrols in the target locations with two officers dedicated to the area from each organisation.
Police and Council Officers have engaged with users, offering support and potential treatment. We have also conducted reassurance patrols near to local schools at the beginning and end of the school day.
Visits have been made to the local breakfast club to support and engage with staff as they provide food for the homeless, town centre CCTV has been utilised and local ‘Storenet’ radios used to monitor suspected instances of people supplying controlled substances.
Three individuals have been arrested in connection with the operation, which will continue for the foreseeable future.
Cllr Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council says “We are committed to ending crime and anti-social behaviour in Sutton. We will not allow this minority of people to ruin our town centres for shoppers and business owners. This joined up working between the council and the police will continue, and is just one of the enforcement actions we have in place to combat this issue.
“We are doing everything possible to support traders during this difficult time. The visible operation has been welcomed by shoppers and traders. Partnership working of this type is exactly what is needed to deal with the biggest health issue for a generation.”
Ashfield District Commander, Inspector Craig Hall, said, “This is a partnership operation which is designed to reassure the public, offer alternatives to those causing issues in our town and to disrupt and prosecute those dealing drugs within our communities.”
If you have any information in relation to the supply of controlled drugs or any other matter please contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101.
Alternatively you can make an anonymous report to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111