Southampton man arrested in Salisbury thanks to eagle-eyed CCTV operator

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A man from Southampton was arrested in Salisbury earlier this week after CCTV operators spotted him engaged in a suspected drugs deal. 

At approximately 1.15pm on Wednesday (29/01) police were made aware of a man seen to be passing packages to others in the city centre.

The CCTV operator provided officers with a description of the man and his direction of travel. 

Officers attended the Crane Street area and spotted a man matching the description on a bike heading towards Elizabeth Gardens. 

A man was then stopped near the Cathedral by an officer on foot patrol. The man struggled as the officer attempted to detain him, and then ran from the scene before being detained. 

A search was conducted and approximately £350 cash was located, as well as a large quantity of wraps of suspected class A drugs and a locking knife.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place. He has since been released under investigation to allow for further enquiries to be conducted. 

PC Matt Holland said: “This was an excellent example of partnership working alongside our CCTV colleagues in the city centre which meant we were able to swiftly identify and arrest an individual believed to have been involved in drug supply.

“This type of behaviour will not be tolerated in our city and we will continue to work closely with partner agencies to ensure Salisbury remains a safe place to be.”

If you suspect drug activity to be taking place, please call 101.
 
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