Men arrested on drug crimes

SCARBOROUGH police have intensified their fight against potential uprisings in the town after swooping yesterday to arrest two men on drug charges.

The two suspects, a 25-year-old man arrested on suspicion of possessing a Class B drug with intent to supply and a 51-year-old man arrested for possessing a Class B drug, were detained after a routine stop and search in the town.

The pair were remanded in custody as police continued their enquiries.

Police have also revealed another Scarborough man has been released without charge after being arrested on disorder charges for activity on social networking sites.

The drive to cut crime on the town’s streets comes in the wake of the London riots and subsequent disorder in cities across the country as hundreds of looters caused panic and destruction.

Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick, said: “In this time of national crisis our officers and staff have responded admirably to everything that has been asked of them.

“They have provided great reassurance to our communities during a period of uncertainty and unrest and their highly visible presence on the streets has served as a great deterrent to any potential disorder.

“With more officers at our disposal over the last few days we have not only seen a fall in the number of victims of crime but we have taken the opportunity to make further use of our resources by targeting criminals.”

Police have revealed the hard-line tactics have brought a reduction in crime across the county during the last 24 hours with 87 incidents reported compared to the predicted figure of 129.

Scarborough MP Robert Goodwill criticised the situation, branding the riots as acts of “mindless criminality.”

Mr Goodwill also praised North Yorkshire Police’s response to the situation, saying their work had helped bring much-needed calm to the streets.

He added: “We have an excellent regional police force, and we are fortunate to be able to send them to other parts of the country should trouble break out.”