Norfolk’s communities are being praised for information they have already given to police and partners following the launch of Operation Gravity last week.
Over the weekend and as a direct result of members of the public calling in, officers attended addresses in both Norwich and Great Yarmouth and two people were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply offences.
A man in his 20s and from the London area was arrested after the discovery of 28 suspected Class A drugs wraps at an address in Norwich with over £500 cash also seized. He has been bailed until 1 February 2017.
In Great Yarmouth, a 17 year old boy from Great Yarmouth was arrested after the discovery of six wraps of Class A drugs. He has been bailed until 28 February 2017.
T/Chief Superintendent Dave Marshall, County Policing Commander, urged people to continue to talk to someone they trust, saying:
“We would encourage anyone with information about drug-related criminal activity to report it. I am really grateful to those people who have already taken action as one of our aims with Operation Gravity is to let people in our local communities know how to report any criminal or suspicious activity they believe is linked to drug dealing.
“These results show how important that information is to the policing of our towns and cities and how quickly we can take action if it is required. It also provides us with an opportunity, as has been the case with these two incidents, to help those who have become involved in criminal activity, sometimes through their own vulnerabilities, to escape the cycle.
To continue that focus on preventing people from dealing drugs in our county, warrants took place in Norwich today which resulted in a further two arrests.
Officers raided properties in Springbank, Keyes Road and Keyes Close. At the Keyes Road property, a man in his 30s from the Norwich area was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A, linked to a previous enquiry. Another man in his 30s from the Loddon area was reported for summons for possession of Class A drugs.
Sgt Matthew Wright, from the Norwich Safer Neighbourhood Action Team, said: “Today’s raids should serve as a warning to those who think they can deal drugs in Norwich that we will find them. My team are focusing on Operation Gravity at the moment and we will act on any evidence we receive. We know that at any given moment there are a number of groups dealing out of a handful of vulnerable people’s houses within the city. However, these locations are changing constantly and we need any information people can provide to help us to put a stop to this.”
Other activity at the weekend also included officers in Great Yarmouth detaining a sixteen year old boy, who was found to be in possession of a large quantity of cash which was seized.
In addition, roads policing officers stopped a vehicle in Yarmouth Road, Blofield, known to be linked to drug dealing in London. An 18 year old man was found to be in possession of a large sum of money which was seized under Proceeds of Crime Act. He was also arrested as he was wanted for further offences by the Metropolitan Police.
T/Chief Supt Marshall added: “All our efforts continue to be focused around those who look to threaten and intimidate local residents or prevent Norfolk from being a safe place to live and work.
“I want to reassure communities that any information they submit will be treated in confidence but importantly you are keeping your community safer by telling us what you know about drug activity.”
If you suspect drug dealing in your neighbourhood it may look like:
· Groups of people coming and going from an address at all times of the day and night
· The discarding of Class A paraphernalia such as syringes and cellophane
· General anti-social behaviour without any other explanation
If you want to remain completely anonymous, please report any information to independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org. They will not take any personal details and your email address and phone numbers cannot be traced.