Drug Dealing - ward wide
We understand there are concerns in respect of drug dealing across the Barton ward and we are absolutely committed to taking robust action. There have been a number of proactive warrants executed over recent months within this area already.
We have recently become aware of an increase in the use of Nitrous Oxide gas and that our local communities report finding discarded micro cannisters on the streets. We have issued a HEALTH WARNING in respect of the recreational use of Nitrous Oxide which can have serious health risks including :
- Loss of Blood Pressure
- Heart Attack
- Bone Marrow Suppression
- Difficulty Breathing
- Poisoning of the Central Nervous System
The above risks can increase if combined with alcohol or other drugs. Our advice is clear - do not inhale this substance and seek medical advice if consumed.
It is an offence to supply, or offer to supply a psychoactive substance under the Psychoactive Substance Act 2016 - which could lead to a sentence of up to 7 years and / or a fine if convicted.
This type of action will continue. We are working hard to understand the nature of this problem and urge members of the public to report their concerns to their local team, to police through the 101 number or alternatively, by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers (0800 555 111).
Drugs, cultivation and dealing
We have now launched operation Galaxy - which is a specialised team that are tackling drug dealing, cultivation and use. Please continue to report drug related matters. There have been numerous warrants executed in the Ashby ward area and several people have been arrested. The neighbourhood team take an active part within these operations. We will continue to target criminals and build up intelligence to secure warrants.
CrimeStoppers is a tried and tested method of reporting anonymous information to the police. We will assess and where the evidence exists , take positive action on reports of drug dealing, via this mechanism.
CrimeStoppers can be reached via their website or on 0800 555 111.