Posted on 6th December 2018
A couple of months ago we told you about arrests our officers had made on Derby’s historic Arboretum park after complaints of drug related anti-social behaviour.
We can now tell you that those arrested have appeared in court and sent to jail.
Officers from the Normanton and Rosehill Safer Neighbourhood Teams were joined by our pro-active team in an operation to clamp down on reports of drug taking, dealing and anti-social behaviour.
Extra high visibility and plain clothed patrols were completed over several weeks which led to numerous arrests in September.
On Tuesday, November 13, Kassim Hussain, 20 years, of no-fixed abode in Derby and Jayden Mannion-Robertson, 18 years of Compton Street, Derby appeared at Derby Crown Court for sentencing having pleaded guilty to supply of controlled Class A drugs, namely Heroin and Cocaine and possession of Class B drug, namely Cannabis.
Both were sentenced to detention in a young offenders institution, Mr Hussain for 30 months and Mr Mannion-Robertson for 4 years.
Also appearing was Yasser Khan (33), of Mill Hill Road, Derby. He was found not guilty of these charges after no evidence was offered, however was sentenced to 28 months imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to supply of controlled Class A drugs, namely Heroin and Cocaine at Rugby Street, Derby on an earlier date in July.
A 15-year-old boy, who we are not able to name, had already appeared at Southern Derbyshire Youth Court, and having pleaded guilty to possession of a Class B drug - Cannabis, was given a 12-month referral order and ordered to pay £40 costs.
Sergeant Donna Abbott, who is in charge of Safer Neighbourhood policing for the area, said “We are pleased that three drug dealers have been taken off the streets of Normanton and Peartree.
“This is a result of the hardwork of my officers, supported by others across the force, to ensure that the issue on Arboretum park was dealt with.
“We are not complacent, however, and the park will remain an area we keep focusing on so that it can be enjoyed by the law abiding residents of the area.”
If this is an issue in the area you live, please report it to us so we can take action. Contact us using one of the following non-emergency contact methods.
You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org