THE SUPPLY of heroin in Stratford-upon-Avon was targeted in a dawn raid by Warwickshire Police last Friday.
A 28-year-old man was arrested in a 6.30am drugs bust at a property in Hathaway Green Lane.
Police recovered drug paraphernalia from the property and arrested the man on suspicion of being concerned with the supply of a Class A drug believed to be heroin.
He was taken into custody and questioned before being released on police bail until 12th November pending further enquiries.
Warwickshire Police carried out the raid thanks to information from residents. Stratford’s Inspector, Faz Chishty, said: “We have had some recent information from our community that suggests there may be some increased drug activity in Stratford.
“This is about Warwickshire Police saying, actually, we are listening to your concerns.
“Our community has said we think that something’s happening, so now we try to turn that information into evidence.”
After the drugs bust, police community support officers from Stratford’s Safer Neighbourhood Team knocked on the doors of nearby residents and explained to them what had happened.
The raid was carried out under the auspices of Operation X, which was launched in February to focus on areas in the county with higher crime levels like Rugby, Leamington, and Nuneaton.
Designed to deliver extra protection to communities most affected by crime, Friday was the first time it had been brought to Stratford.
Superintendent Debbie Tedds, who is responsible for overall policing in South Warwickshire, said: “The aim of Operation X is to deal with any issues in the area through proactive policing before they have chance to escalate.”
Insp Chishty added: “It is a very safe place to be, Stratford town, and that is how we want to keep it. We want to reassure people that we do listen.
“This is sending a message out for those people involved in criminal activity that we will be targeting them.”
He admitted that in the past few months, thefts from vehicles had increased in the town.
“We all know that drug related offending is linked to crime,” he said.
“People taking drugs have to fund that habit some way. Thefts from vehicles and burglaries have gone up a bit.”
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