Residents in Amesbury and Tidworth areas urged to report suspected drug activity

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Officers in Amesbury, Tidworth and the surrounding areas are urging residents to be vigilant and report suspected drug activity in their area.

While out on patrol in recent weeks, officers have been engaging with local people who have raised concerns regarding drug dealing and drug use in the town.

We rely on the public acting as our eyes and ears and reporting concerns to police so that appropriate action can be taken. 

Insp Liz Coles said: “We know that people have concerns about drug use in Amesbury and we appreciate that some people may not always feel confident in reporting these concerns to the police. There are a number of ways to report issues and this includes anonymous reporting on our website. 

“We are committed to tackling illegal drug supply and use in the area but we cannot do it alone – unfortunately, we cannot be everywhere all the time so please help us by reporting your concerns. Although it may not seem like any action has been taken, there are a lot of enquiries to conduct behind the scenes before any obvious action can be taken in some cases. Our officers are regularly patrolling areas of concern and in recent weeks we have conducted a number of drugs warrants in the town.”

PCSO Dan Catterick added: “While out patrolling, a number of people have approached me with concerns about drug dealing but many of them have said they didn’t want to bother the police by reporting the issue, or they have said they didn’t think it was important enough to report to us. I’d like to reassure residents that we want to hear from you if you suspect drug activity in your neighbourhood. We know that drugs can have a really negative impact on a community – drugs can often be associated with anti-social behaviour and violent crime and in turn, can impact on a residents quality of life.

“Even if you think the information you have may be very minor, it is always worth reporting as it could be the missing piece in a bigger jigsaw which could help us disrupt a major chain of drug supply or it may help us identify a vulnerable person who may be being exploited.”

Do you suspect someone of dealing drugs in your neighbourhood?

Signs can include:
•    An unusual number of people visiting 24/7
•    Drugs paraphernalia left outside
•    Tenants/home owners having an unusually lavish lifestyle.

What to do if you find drugs paraphernalia such as syringes and needles

If you find drugs paraphernalia, call your council who'll arrange for a safe clean up. For your safety please do not touch anything you find, as it could be dangerous. Make a note of its location and report it immediately.

Signs that a cannabis factory may be in operation in your neighbourhood include: 

•    Lights left on all day and night 
•    Curtains constantly drawn or windows blacked out 
•    Strong pungent smell and high humidity in the property 
•    Different people, coming and going at strange times 
•    Visits by people for short periods 
•    Venting protruding from the roof and the constant sound of cooling fans.

To report drug dealing in your local community or to let us know about any suspicious behaviour you may believe is drug dealing call us on 101 or visit our website
You can also report it anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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