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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Cumbria police drugs crackdown in bars and clubs

Police carried out a crackdown on drug use among revellers in Penrith last night.

Twelve people were searched as officers with a sniffer dog carried out random checks at pubs and clubs in the town centre.

A 40-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and is due to be quizzed today.

The News & Star joined the team of officers involved in the late night crackdown, code named Operation Nemesis.

DS Jason Priestley, of the North Area Drugs Unit, headed up last night’s operation, which saw the drugs dog working alongside a team of uniformed officers.

He said: “This will send a message to people that it is not acceptable to use drugs in public places and in pubs and clubs.”

The searches were part of two days of activity focused on certain areas highlighted by residents.

The operation aims to address areas where the community has experienced issues of drug use and associated crime and anti-social behaviour.

It was concentrated in Brampton and Armathwaite, Botcherby, St Aidan's, Belah and Durranhill, Raffles, Morton and Denton Holme, all Carlisle and Appleby and Penrith town centre.

During Nemesis, drugs were seized in Penrith, Carlisle and Appleby. Arrests have been made for offences relating to drugs possession  and possession with intent to supply.

Inspector Andy Hanson, of the Carlisle East Neighbourhood team, which covers Botcherby, St Aidans, Belah and Durranhill, said: “The operation is not just a one off, but is an on-going theme of our community engagement strategy, where we will tackle the issues that mean the most to each individual community.”

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