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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Special Cumbria police operation targets drug criminals and rogue motorists

Police flooded a town with officers in an operation targeting drug criminals and rogue motorists.

Egremont police operation photo
Extra patrols were deployed

Extra patrols were deployed in Egremont, leading to an arrest during a drugs bust and a string of drivers being stopped for breaching the rules of the road.

A man, 29, was held on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply following a raid at Beck Green.

Five people were also stopped for alleged offences including speeding, using mobile phones while driving and failing to wear seatbelts.

The crackdown was launched following residents’ concerns about drugs misuse and road safety.

Officers used so-called ‘pulse policing’ tactics, in which a larger than normal number of officers are deployed to an area for a short time.

Along with the Copeland officers, police from a tactical support group and a dogs unit were out in Egremont.

Sergeant Laura Boyd said: “The use of pulse policing as a tactic is highly successful in addressing community concerns.

“By applying crackdowns such as this for short, irregular periods rather than regular longer intervals, we hope to achieve a deterrent affect.

“Offenders are unable to predict when and for how long they will occur.”

Sgt Boyd added the aim was to disrupt, arrest and prosecute “those individuals who persist in adversely affecting the lives of others”.

The man arrested following the drugs bust was later released on bail while further investigations take place.

Officers were also joined by Sam Pollen, Copeland councillor for Egremont North, as they carried out a survey in the centre of the town. This saw those surveyed asked what crime problems they might have.

The operation was carried out on Monday.

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