Police and Gedling borough and Nottinghamshire County councillors yesterday carried out a day of action in Gedling and Netherfield in response to community concerns about drug use and supply in the area.
The Gedling Operation Reacher Team and Gedling Neighbourhood Policing Teams executed two drugs warrants at addresses in Shaw Gardens on the back of information received from members of the public.
Quantities of suspected controlled drugs were seized from both properties.
No arrests were made. Two men and a woman have been voluntarily interviewed in connection with the seizures.
The warrants were carried out as part of the ongoing drugs operation ‘Operation Thistle’ – tackling the issue of drug supply which has been raised by the local community as being a main concern for them.
As well as the enforcement activity, local police teams were joined by Gedling Borough Councillors as they took part in an awareness-raising community walkabout in Netherfield and letter drop.
Police said it was to inform and update residents on joint action which has already been taken to address their concerns and the ongoing proactive work to tackle the issue of drug use and supply in their area – an issue which police and partners have made a priority after listening to residents’ concerns.
The day of action was held following a number of previous Operation Thistle drugs warrants carried out over recent months resulting in drug arrests and seizures.
Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Chris Pearson said: “The aim of this positive day of action was to take a coordinated approach to targeting suspected offenders and disrupting suspected illegal activity as well as engaging with the people we serve, listening to any concerns and informing them about the work we’re doing to tackle drug crime in their area.
“Drugs ruin lives and are often the catalyst for more serious and violent crimes, which can have a huge impact on local communities.
“Today’s warrants are a prime example of the robust action we can and will take if we receive information to suggest there is drug dealing activity in our communities.
“In response to concerns raised by Netherfield residents about drug use and supply we have increased our enforcement activity in the area.
“It shows how Nottinghamshire Police is focused on acting on community concerns that matter to local people and making our communities even safer places to live and work.
“We can only achieve this goal with the help of the public by providing us with information, as well as telling us what issues matter most to them in their area.
“We are constantly working behind the scenes to gather information and develop intelligence about those who may be involved in drug supply and we remain committed to working with our partners to target offenders and take action.
“If you have any concerns or see anything suspicious in your area, please do not hesitate to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
“Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or by visiting https://crimestoppers-uk.org/”
Councillor David Ellis, Portfolio Holder for Public Protection, said: “It was valuable for us to take part in the walkabout and speak to the community about how we are working with the police to reduce crime.
“It is clear from the people we spoke to that reducing crime and specifically drug-related crime is very important to them. Making Gedling a safer place to live is one of the council’s main priorities.
“The actions taken today and the ongoing joint work of Operation Reacher to disrupt the criminal activities in the area is working. We are very pleased with the results so far and we will continue to work closely with the police to reduce crime in Netherfield and in other areas.”