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Continued police crackdown leads to several arrests over synthetic cannabinoids

Posted on 7th August 2017

Our officers have been continuing their efforts to deal with the issue of synthetic cannabinoids in Derby over the weekend – arresting a number of people in the process.

The issue, whereby people are seen to take drugs or be in an intoxicated state at locations across the city centre, is the focus of a crackdown called Operation Chesnee.

Teams of officers have been carrying out high visibility patrols to identify people who are using the drugs in public, or causing issues for visitors to the city as a result of taking them.

We have also been using police powers to remove people from the city centre and ban them from returning for 48 hours, as well as securing convictions against people dealing synthetic cannabinoids in Derby.

Over the weekend, more than 10 of dispersal notices were issued to a number of men and women in connection with the use of the substances.

We also arrested a number of people – including three men and two women yesterday alone – for a number of offences including possessing controlled substances, breaching bail conditions and public order offences.

One of those was a 30-year-old man who was issued with bail conditions not to enter the city centre, but was found a short time later in Derby and subsequently arrested. He was remanded in custody and was due to appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court this morning.

This action is just one part of the way we are tackling the issue of synthetic cannabinoids in Derby.

PC Tenielle Hardwick, from Derby City Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “These substances have a huge impact on the behaviour of those who take them, and this in turn has been affecting both visitors and businesses in the city.

“Our priority is keeping the city centre a safe place for people to come to and the number of dispersal notices and the arrests we have made show just how seriously we are treating it.

“As well as carrying out this proactive work, we’re also working closely with other agencies to find longer term solutions to the issue.”

Anyone who wants to speak to an officer about suspected drug taking or related behaviour can call 101, or visit www.derbyshire.police.uk for alternative ways to get in touch.

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