OFFICERS from across the county raided several properties in the South Cliff area of Scarborough after receiving a number of tip-offs from residents who were concerned about alleged drug activity and antisocial behaviour in their area.
It is understood that, as well as officers from Scarborough, others – including an armed reponse unit – were brought in from as far afield as Tadcaster and Thirsk to help with the day of action yesterday. The searches were at two properties off Fulford Road and another in Grosvenor Crescent.
Officers recovered suspected class A and class B drugs, as well as drugs paraphernalia, and arrests are expected to be made as part of the ongoing investigation. Officers from North Yorkshire Trading Standards were also involved with the operation with around 800 suspected counterfeit cigarettes seized.
PC James Barker, from the South Response Team, said: “This day of action has been organised as a direct result of the information received from members of the public. By working together we will continue to address the issues which the public are highlighting.”
PC Michelle Neighbour, the South Cliff beat manager, said: “None of this would be possible without the continued support of the local community and residents of the South Cliff. The police cannot work in isolation and continued support from the public is always welcome. I would encourage people to continue to report any suspicious activity. If the information continues to come in we will be doing this again.”
Sgt Chris Smalley added that a weekly column in the Scarborough Evening News had highlighted community issues which concerned residents. She said: “Some of the previous articles have identified suspected drug dealing as a cause of concern on the south area of town.
“The police have urged the public to report suspicious incidents, and in doing so, there has been a significant increase in residents reporting possible drug dealing in various locations on the South Cliff area of Scarborough. Residents and community police officers have worked together and identified specific locations, individual addresses and persons believed to be responsible for committing these offences.”
l People with any information or concerns about illegal activity in their area is urged to contact Scarborough Police on 0845 6060247 or the Antisocial Behaviour on (01723) 384444.