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Three arrested in Haverhill today on drugs charges


Three people have been arrested in Haverhill on suspicion of supplying drugs.

Three warrants were conducted in the town which resulted in; a 20-year-old man from Romford in Essex being arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug; a 32-year-old woman from Haverhill being arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug; and a 36-year-old woman from Haverhill being arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug.

All three currently remain in Bury Police Investigation Centre.

The arrest was part of a multi-agency pro-active day of disruption across Suffolk today, Tuesday January 19, targeting those who commit all forms of criminality, has resulted in twelve warrants being conducted, eleven arrests and 39 vehicles being checked.

Operation Platoon saw officers from Suffolk and Norfolk Roads Policing and Firearms Unit, the Dog Unit, Scorpion Central Team and Response officers joined by partner agencies including Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, Trading Standards and HM Revenue & Customs carry out vehicle and passenger checks at the A14/A140 Beacon Hill Services in Coddenham.

At the road check at Beacon Hill services, 39 vehicles were escorted to the site between 8.30am and 3.30pm today:

- Five vehicles were clear of any offences.

- Four were issued with immediate prohibitions, taking them off the road.

- Eleven vehicles were given delayed prohibitions – with faults to be rectified as soon as possible.

- 23 advisory notices were issued.

- HMRC took dip samples from 27 tanks, with one positive for red diesel and a rebated fuel fine of £535 paid.

- Trading Standards issued seven advice notices to traders.

- Police issued traffic offence reports to two people for having no insurance, 11 people for driving while using a mobile phone and six people for driving a vehicle with no MoT.

- Two vehicles were seized as the drivers had no insurance and three vehicle defect notification forms issued.

- Officers also dealt with one vehicle with an incorrect index mark, one with a defective tyre and reported one vehicle to the DVLA as the driver had no tax.

- There were also more than 50 drugs searches, via the passive drugs dogs and officers searching individuals and vehicles, and a small amount of a controlled substance was seized and one person reported for summons.

Acting Inspector Andrew Martin, who ran the operation said: “This operation successfully targeted criminals committing all types of offences across the county, ranging from drugs to motor offences, as well as helping to protect the vulnerable. Pro-active days such as this send a clear message to those operating in Suffolk that their illegal actions will not be tolerated, and that we are dedicated to making Suffolk a safer place to live, work and visit.”

Inspector Julian Ditcham from Suffolk and Norfolk Roads Policing and Firearms Unit, who managed the check site, said: “This was a pleasing result which resulted in a significant number of drivers being spoken to by ourselves and our partners on a number of issues.

“It is really important that we raise awareness of the dangers of committing offences on our roads – where all road users can be put at risk. We will continue to target motorists who commit these offences and will do all we can to promote road safety across the county.”

During the operation, members of Waveney District Council’s Active Communities and Housing teams visited the area involved and offered support to vulnerable residents who may have been affected by drugs activity. Where relevant, residents were provided with information on how to access drug support services, such as Turning Point. The teams also listened to local concerns and provided reassurance regarding anti-social behaviour and community safety.

Cllr Mary Rudd, Waveney’s cabinet member for Community Health and Safety said: “Drug activity can impact greatly on the local community, especially from associated crime and anti-social behaviour. The Council were pleased to be able to contribute to this multi-agency operation by visiting local people and offering vulnerable residents access to relevant health and support services, including housing advice and signposting to drug and alcohol recovery.”