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Police tackle street’s weed dealing problem

 Published on: 5th July 2018   |   By: Jason Allen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Residents have congratulated police officers from St Albans Central, North and West Safer Neighbourhood Team after they intervened following concerns about suspected cannabis being dealt in Arthur Road.

The police worked closely with St Albans City and District Council, who provided a temporary CCTV camera to capture the dealing.

PC Jenna Hutchinson from the Scorpion Team, explained: “We were receiving a number of reports about young people dealing cannabis in the street.  

“We carried out both high-visibility and covert police patrols, stop and searches, held street meets with residents and worked with the Council.  

“I’ve never seen such overwhelming positivity that our presence brought to the road and how grateful all those were that we spoke to, who were of all ages.”  

PC Dan Bleach, also from the Scorpion Team, added: “It was great to work closely with the Safer Neighbourhood Team, especially PCSOs Adriano Russo and Che Ponton and the Council to make such a positive impact on the local community.”

Cllr Salih Gaygusuz, Business and Community Portfolio Holder for St Albans City and District Council, said: “The Council’s Community Safety team has worked closely with the police on a high-visibility campaign aimed at preventing crime and helping residents reclaim their road. I am pleased to say that this partnership working has proved successful and people now feel much safer in their local community.”

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