Posted on 6th April 2017
Our officers have been taking further pro-active action against those causing anti-social behaviour in Derby city centre.
The Derby City Centre Safer Neighbourhood Team joined forces with our pro-active team to run the operation in the St Peters Street area of Derby yesterday, Wednesday, April 6.
The action saw a 24 year-old man arrested on suspicion of being concerned in supply of a Class C drug after he was stop searched and found to be carrying 17 bags of what we suspect to be synthetic cannabinoids. These substances used to be referred to as ‘legal highs'. He was interviewed and has now been released under investigation pending forensic examination of the substance seized.
A 37 year-old man was also arrested for possession of a non-prescribed Class C drug and has been reported for summons.
As well as those arrested, 13 others were issued dispersal orders to leave the city after officers were given powers under Section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 to stop members of the public being harassed, alarmed or distressed.
Temporary Inspector Becky Webster, who is in charge of policing in the city centre, said: “This action is part of our on-going response to complaints about ant-social behaviour in this part of the city.
“We have been working closely with our partners in the city and retailers to deal with complaints that a group of individuals are behaving in an anti-social manner and that this behaviour is linked to the use of synthetic cannabinoids.
“Over the past few months we have been increasing our high visibility patrols in the area but our tactics have now changed to include plain-clothed officers taking a more pro-active approach to target those causing these problems.
“These actions will continue whilst we also work with other partners to try and find a longer terms solution to the issues.”
Also arrested in the operation was Owen Baggaley, 22 years of Abbey Street, Derby. He was arrested and charged with a theft of fragrance from Superdrug on Albion Street on Wednesday, March 22. He will appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, May 9.
If you have any information regarding these issues please contact the Derby City Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101, our non-emergency number. Alternatively send them a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website here.
You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org