Posted on 25th March 2013
Fourteen people have been arrested and 11 successful warrants conducted during a second phase of strikes organised by police.
Operation Wolves launched on March 11 and during the first week of activity, five drugs warrants were executed and six people arrested in Ilkeston.
The following week, the initiative spread to Derby, Long Eaton and South Derbyshire with further warrants and arrests – bringing the total number of successful warrants to 16.
In addition to the warrants, officers have also conducted vehicle checks, held property marking events and increased patrols to target car thieves.
Officers organised Operation Wolves after looking at local crime patterns and listening to residents about what they felt were the biggest areas of concern in their neighbourhood.
Derby Chief Inspector Michelle Shooter oversaw the operation. She said: “Operation Wolves aimed to reduce crime, improve communities and make people feel safer.
“Derbyshire has enjoyed ten years of crime reduction but we are not complacent and will continue to target criminals who operate in the county.
“The success of the drugs warrants is largely thanks to members of the public contacting us to report dealing or suspicious activity in their neighbourhood.
“We gathered intelligence which led to the action taken over the last two weeks. I would urge residents to continue passing information to us. You may not see a warrant executed straight away but know that we do appreciate your calls and we do act on the information you provide.
In south Derbyshire, eight warrants were executed. On Monday, March 18, officers raided a house in Derby Street, Swadlincote, arresting a 41-year-old man on suspicion of possessing cannabis with the intent to supply and growing cannabis after several plants and small bags of suspected cannabis were seized.
That same day, police visited a business at the Woodhouse Business Centre, in Woodhouse Street, Woodville, discovering cocaine and amphetamine. A 49-year-old man was arrested and later charged with possessing both drugs.
On Tuesday, March 19, a 41-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman were arrested a house in Brunt Lane, Swadlincote after officers found what they believed to be drugs and counterfeit cash. The pair were arrested on suspicion of possessing counterfeit money, money laundering and possessing drugs with the intent to supply. They have been questioned and released on bail pending further inquiries.
Later that day, officers visited a house in Smallthorn Place, Woodville, arresting a 35-year-old man on suspicion of possessing drugs with the intent to supply after officers found a number of tablets. He has been bailed.
The following day, a 42-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man were arrested at a house in Salisbury Drive, Swadlincote on suspicion of possessing cannabis with the intent to supply. They have been questioned and released on bail pending further inquiries. At a house in Burton Road, Swadlincote, a 34-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of the same offence and bailed.
On Friday, March 22, one man was arrested at a house in The Burrows, Swadlincote, on suspicion of possessing drugs with the intent to supply and on suspicion of possessing CS spray. At a second warrant, a man was arrested at a house in Smallthorn Place, Swadlincote on suspicion of possessing cannabis. Both men were questioned and released on bail pending further inquiries.
Safer Neighbourhood police officers in Willington conducted a free two-day property marking event in conjunction with the Safer South Derbyshire Partnership. Seventy homes were visited and the team used a special marking product to tag items such as power tools, garden furniture and bicycles. The product acts as a visual deterrent to any would-be thief thinking of taking metal items which people typically keep outside.
Meanwhile officers raiding a house in Laurel Crescent, Long Eaton, on Monday, March 18 found several small amounts of cannabis about the property and gave a 34-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man a cannabis warning. A 33-year-old man at the house was given a caution.
The town’s officers also conducted three days of road checks, seizing four vehicles that were not insured, dealing with 24 drivers for offences such as speeding and using a mobile behind the wheel and speaking to six motorists who were seen without a seatbelt.
A 31-year-old man was seen acting suspiciously and was checked by officers carrying out the road operation. He was found to be carrying several wraps of suspected drugs and was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply, questioned and bailed while the wraps are analysed.
Officers in Pear Tree focussed on combating car crime, conducting covert and overt patrols in the area. During the early hours of Sunday, March 17, a man called police when he found three youths on the driveway of his house in Nevinson Avenue, Sunnyhill. He detained one of them, who was arrested by police when they arrived at the scene. The victim discovered a bag had been taken from his car. The 16-year-old boy was also arrested on suspicion of stealing items from a car in Chesterton Avenue. He has been released on bail.
Police have been speaking to firms whose drivers may leave property in their vehicles overnight, such as taxi firms, to give them crime prevention advice.
Derby city centre area
When police carried out a warrant at a house in Raglan Avenue, Mackworth, on Tuesday, March 19, they discovered a large amount of suspected cannabis and amphetamine, arresting a 21-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman on suspicion of possession with intent to supply. They also recovered a significant amount of cash, which was seized.
Alvaston and Allenton area
On Friday, March 22, officers raided a house in Wye Street, Alvaston and recovered a range of tools and sporting equipment which they believe could have been stolen. Inquiries are now underway to identify who the property belongs to.
The area has seen several shed burglaries recently and officers are reminding homeowners to keep their sheds and outbuilding secure.