Police carry out drugs raids in Newark to drive down thefts


Police are in the midst of a purge on drug dealing and drug houses in Newark. 

A series of raids began in January and are ongoing, said the town’s police chief.

The raids were launched in response to a rise in acquisitive crime, in particular shoplifting which had risen through January and February in town centre stores and supermarkets, the retail park and outlying shops such as local Co-ops.

There were a total of 80 shop thefts in January and 56 in February in the Newark area. But following initial work on drug issues, targeting shoplifters with Criminal Behaviour Orders and other prevention work, they are now down to more normal levels of about 20 a month.

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Inspector Louise Clarke, of Newark Police, said: “This rise in acquisitive crime correlated to information that dealers of class A drugs such as crack cocaine were more active in the area which can drive crime such as this to increase.

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“As such the Neighbourhood Policing team has targeted a number of addresses believed connected to the supply of drugs and are actively seeking new information on which to act.

“This crime type has now returned to expected levels.”

A drugs warrant was executed on Portland Street, Newark, on Thursday 16 March and two men, aged 43 and 36, were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply and bailed pending further inquiries. A quantity of what is believed to be crack cocaine was recovered.

Warrants were also executed on Wednesday 1 February at Grange Road and Parliament Street. A 53-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man were arrested from Parliament Street and a quantity of drugs were recovered. The two people were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply bailed pending further enquiries.

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A warrant was executed on Friday 20 January on Harcourt Street. A 22-year-old man was arrested for failing to appear at court on a charge of possession with intent and was remanded in custody.

Should anybody have any information on drug dealing or illicit use in the Newark area, they should call Newark Police on 101, or Crimestoppers, free and in confidence, on 0800 555 111.