Drug abuse clamp-down

A POLICE chief has vowed to clamp down on drug abuse in a rural north Northumberland village.

The warning, from Alnwick Police Neighbourhood Inspector Sue Peart, comes after a drugs warrant led to an arrest and officers searched pub goers for illegal substances in Rothbury last week.

On Friday morning, police acting on a search warrant recovered substances believed to be drugs from a property in the village. The substances are currently being analysed. A man local to the area was arrested.

Then in the evening, a team of officers searched people believed to be potential users of recreational drugs in the village pubs.

Insp Peart said: “This comes from numerous community sources and other sources and demonstrates the fact that when people report concerns about drugs to us we do something.

“A number of people were searched – none of whom had drugs but that operation will be repeated periodically over the coming months.

“Under the Misuse of Drugs Act, we have the power to take people to a police vehicle or station to conduct a thorough and, if necessary, intimate search and we fully intend to use this power. And we are working with the licensees to support them.

“It’s a small minority of people involved and it’s important it’s not blown out of proportion, but with the summer coming and the issues that may bring, we need to have a show of force now and send out a very strong message that drugs will not be tolerated in the village.

“Anybody with any information about drugs in any town or village can email us (alnwick.npt@northumbria.pnn.police.uk) or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”