Wave of Drugs Arrests in Weymouth
8:35am 6th February 2014
97 people have been arrested in an operation in Weymouth to tackle drug crime.
There've been increased police patrols in Melcombe Regis, at the Nothe and in Chapelhay to tackle criminal activity.
Police say the operation comes in response to concerns from the local community.
Drugs have been seized - including substantial amounts of heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis - over £6,000 of drugs were taken from dealers.
Temporary Weymouth & Portland Neighbourhood Inspector Neil Wood said: "As part of an ongoing operation targeting drug related crime in the area, a team of dedicated patrol and Safer Neighbourhood Team officers have been carrying out intelligence led, high visibility patrols.
"We have been successful in obtaining anti-social behaviour orders, drug house closures and dealing with street drinkers in order to reduce crime and increase public confidence."
Local resident Martin James said: "The area has been plagued with anti-social behaviour. I've witnessed prostitution, drug dealing and street drinking on a daily basis.
"Since the summer we've seen a real increase in police, with officers patrolling on bikes and out walking the beat. We have noticed a significant improvement in the area."
Temporary Inspector Neil Wood continued: "We take the concerns of the public very seriously and we will continue to work closely with members of the Weymouth community to keep the town safe and proactively deal with information relating to drugs offences and other criminal or anti-social behaviour.
"I would urge members of the public who may have concerns, suspicions or any information about the misuse of drugs to contact Dorset Police on 101, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111."