POLICE officers executed a dawn swoop in Scarborough as they continue to battle against the supply of illicit drugs.
A 28-year-old was rudely awoken from his bed at the property in Blands Cliff, between Eastborough and Foreshore Road, with police acting on intelligence they had received from members of the public about drug dealing.
The man was arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A and Class B drugs. Officers also seized a quantity of drugs which have now been sent for testing.
The arrest on Saturday marked the start of National Neighbourhood and Home Watch Week, which Scarborough’s Safer Neighbourhood Team have backed.
PC Lee Smith, who led the raid, said: “The arrest marked the start of a week of proactive engagement to support the national Neighbourhood and Home Watch Week, during which we aim to raise awareness and encourage more people to join watch schemes.
“Members of the public act as the eyes and ears of the police and their information is vital in helping us to prevent and detect crime.
“This arrest demonstrates how information from the public assists the police, resulting in us taking positive action to make our neighbourhoods as safe as possible.”
Following the raid in Blands Cliff PC Chris Whitehead carried out a series of community engagement exercises in and around the town centre and seafront to engage members of the public.
On Sunday, 50 people turned out at Dean’s Garden Centre in Seamer Road when police gave advice about how to prevent thefts from their gardens.
It was followed by an event on Monday, when PC Whitehead’s team took their mobile exhibition to Barrowcliff Estate where 70 local residents turned out and highlighted issues that concerned them most.
On Tuesday the team visited the North Bay and yesterday they attended Irton Garden Centre.
Today, officers will be ready to speak to shoppers at Brunswick Shopping Centre between 10am and 1pm, and Newby Library on Friday between 10am and 3pm.
Free bike stamping and cycle immobilizers will be available on a first come first served basis. Speaking after the Barrowcliff event, PC Whitehead said: “The day was a huge success and gave residents the opportunity to learn about watch schemes, obtain crime prevention advice and tell us what they are most concerned about.”
He added: “Neighbourhood Watch Schemes don’t just help to tackle crime, they also create a strong bond within the community with people looking out for one another.
“I would like as many members of the public as possible to drop in for a chat or to make an appointment for a more private meeting at a later time.”
Police Community Support Officers are also carrying out high visibility foot patrols in the town and interacting with local residents.