Posted on 22nd November 2013
Police in Sandiacre will be cracking down on suspected drugs activity around the town’s library for the next three months.
The policing priority was agreed by Sandiacre Safer Neighbourhood Team and local residents after recent reports of drug dealing near the Doncaster Avenue building.
To tackle the issue, police will be carrying out high-visibility and plain clothes patrols in the area and will take action against anyone caught dealing drugs.
Advice will be given to local people about the dangers of drugs and the consequences of getting involved in anti-social behaviour, which was also raised as a priority.
Officers will also work with partner agencies to find long-term solutions to the problem, such as setting up diversionary activities and offering support to people involved in drugs activity.
Sergeant Liam Caldecott, who leads the policing team, said: “This kind of activity isn’t acceptable and we won’t tolerate it on our streets.
“Drug dealing and anti-social behaviour hugely affects the whole community so it’s something we will be working extremely hard to tackle.
“A key way for us to do this is for people to report suspicious activity to us straight away, which will give us the chance to target those responsible and put a stop to what they are doing.”
The team will be focusing on the issue for the next three months after it was agreed as the priority at the November Safer Neighbourhood forum meeting.
Two issues were also raised, which the team will be addressing over the coming weeks.
They are youths gathering at spots including outside the Co-operative store and along King Edward Street; and motorbikes and mopeds gathering and driving recklessly around the library car park, canal path and Stoney Clouds nature reserve.
If you want to speak to the team about any of these issues, call 101.
To report suspected drugs activity, call 101, 999 in an emergency, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.