Four cars, five off-road bikes, cash, cannabis plants and a significant amount of suspected Class A drugs were recovered during two warrants this morning (6 September).
More than 15 officers were in the 7am briefings as part of the taskforce committed to disrupting criminal activity in the Bestwood area. The addresses targeted were Comfrey Close and Rose Ash Lane. As a result, a man has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs and he will be questioned later today.
After searching the properties, the Cannabis Dismantling Team was called to the address in Comfrey Close to dismantle a number of plants growing in the garden. Recovery was then arranged for five off-road bikes found down the side of the house, an Audi TT and a Ford Focus. Officers could see that attempts had been made to scratch off the registration numbers on the bikes, however one was still visible and they were able to identify it as having been stolen in 2013. The vehicle examination unit will now carry out checks on the other four bikes.
From the second address, a large amount of cash was seized, as well as a VW Polo GTI which was taken back at the compound. Officers searched the cars and found a significant amount of drugs, believed to be Class A.
Operation Reacher first launched in April 2018 with the aim of maintaining the relationship with the people of Bestwood and to show that we are as committed to them, as we are any other community. In the past five months, over 48 warrants and searches have been carried out and 115 stops and searches. Today’s success takes the number of drug seizures up to 49 and over 200 vehicles, that are either illegally driven or used to transport the drugs, have been seized. All of this work has led to over 90 arrests and interviews under caution.
Sgt Oldroyd, who was leading the warrants, said: “Today was just like any other day for the team really, it wasn’t a relatively big task, but it was a successful one. We are only able to carry out these types of searches because of the brilliant intelligence you, as a community, keep on feeding us.
“We want the same thing as you, to stop criminals benefitting from a life of crime while the good people of Bestwood, the children of Bestwood, continue to suffer from the misery that drugs and anti-social behaviour can bring.
“When you see us out and about, patrolling, attending events or stopping to speak to you in the street, it’s not because we’ve been told that’s what we have to do, we are doing it because we are all passionate about getting to the bottom of the issues affecting your families.
“I hope that you will continue to support us in the way that you have been doing and that you allow us to put to use our motivation and resources. Contact us on 101, Facebook, Crimestoppers, or just speak to us in the street and tell us who or what is getting in the way of your community. Don’t turn a blind eye, because it’s your lives that these crimes are affecting.”