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Police drug raids end in 11 arrests

PUBLISHED: 14:06 28 February 2008 | UPDATED: 10:31 03 July 2010

Laura Bagshaw

POLICE launched a crackdown on drugs this week as they raided a number of homes in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston.

More than 40 officers were involved in the early morning raids on Tuesday , resulting in the arrest of 11 people for various offences including possession of dugs with intent to supply, breach of an anti-social behaviour order, breach of bail and theft.

POLICE launched a crackdown on drugs this week as they raided a number of homes in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston.

More than 40 officers were involved in the early morning raids on Tuesday , resulting in the arrest of 11 people for various offences including possession of dugs with intent to supply, breach of an anti-social behaviour order, breach of bail and theft.

Officers also cautioned three people for possession of cannabis.

Inspector Paul McCarthy, who led the action day, said it acted as a warning to local drug dealers that police would track them down.

He said: “We acted on information received from the public and we've had some positive results. Hitting the drug suppliers will also affect other crime problems in the area.”

Insp McCarthy stressed information from the public was vital in tackling crime and that police did act on tip offs.

“We do listen to the public and we are always willing to receive information,” he said.

While the majority of the borough's residents were just starting their day at 7am 41 officers crammed into Gorleston police station for a briefing.

Three teams made up of PCs, special constables, police community support officers and members of Yarmouth's tactical unit, left the station to raid properties in Yarmouth and Gorleston.

More than a dozen officers raided a flat at Elder Green, Gorleston. Officers swooped into all six rooms making a fingertip search discovering a small amount of cannabis. The man was cautioned by police. At another address they found a young child living in a needle strewn flat offering a glimpse of the borough's seedy underbelly.

Later in the day officers raided a flat on the High Street in Gorleston and found a quantity of what was believed to be Class A drugs. Two people were arrested and later released on police bail.

Throughout the day officers also caught up with people who had breach bail.

Insp McCarthy praised the officers involved in the action day saying “it has been a positive day for the station.”

Two people have been charged with theft and another has been charged for being in breach of an ASBO. The remaining people have been interviewed and released on bail.

You can contact the police by calling 0845 456 4567 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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