Posted on 13th September 2018
There have been numerous arrests this week in an historic Derby park, as part of an on-going crack down on drug dealing and anti-social behaviour.
The action was taken in the Arboretum Park, famous for being Britain’s first public park.
On Monday, September 10, two Derby men aged 25 and 19 years were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply a class A drug. After interview they were released under investigation.
The next day, Tuesday, September 11, two more men aged 30 and 32 years were arrested on suspicion of possession of a class A drug and again after interview, were released under investigation.
Yesterday, Wednesday, September 12, the same 19 year-old man who was arrested on Monday was arrested again along with a 17 and 15 year-old for possession of a class A drug with intent to supply, a 33 year-old man for being concerned in the supply of a class A drug and a 37 year-old woman for possession of a class A drug. The woman has been released under investigation whilst the four men remain in our custody.
The arrests come as we have been working with Derby City Council over the last few months to tackle reports of drug dealing, taking and anti-social behaviour.
Inspector Ranjit Dol, who is in charge of policing for the area in which the park sits, said: “ The Arboretum park is a wonderful asset to the community and a fantastic place to visit.
“A few months ago we started receiving a number of complaints of drug dealing, taking and anti-social behaviour and along with Derby City Council we were determined to deal with these complaints positively.
“Over this time we have taken a range of measures to put a stop to this type of behaviour to allow law abiding people to use the park without having to witness this type of activity.
“These latest arrest are part of these measures and actions, which will continue.”
Other measures that have been taken include:
- An ongoing police operation which has seen over 40 arrests, 40 stop-searches (10 of which were positive) and increased high-visibility patrolling
- Derby City Council have undertaken a range of crime prevention works in the park that has included ensuring that all the CCTV cameras are functioning and operational, cutting back trees and undergrowth to allow unobstructed CCTV coverage and undertaking various repairs to prevent certain areas being used for drug taking
- A police base has now been secured with the park rangers to ensure better sharing of information and an increased presence on the park
- Specialist police resources have been deployed to gather intelligence and increase patrols including the use of the new police drone
- A number of engagement events have been held on the park during the summer to encourage local residents and families to enjoy the park.
Inspector Dol added, “As well as these measures we rely on residents and the community giving us information about what is happening and so I would encourage people to contact us with any information they have about illegal activity in the area.”
If you have any information about crime and disorder in the area or wish to discuss the issues further, contact the Normanton and Rosehill Safer Neighbourhood Teams by the following non-emergency contact methods.
- Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
- Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact
- Website – complete the online contact form HERE.
- Phone – call us on 101.
You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org