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Crackdown on South Bristol drug dealers continues thanks to people speaking out

Added on 31 August 2017 at 16:52

A Hartcliffe flat that had been taken over by drug dealers was boarded up yesterday (August 30) and several weapons seized by officers thanks to information from the local community.

A closure order was granted for the flat in Rowan House, Hartcliffe, following complaints of drug use and dealing there.  

It comes just days after a warrant was carried out at a flat in Sandholme Road, Brislington, where a woman was in the process of cutting up Class A drugs as officers went through the door.  Four people were arrested there for being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

Weapons seized from Rowan House Hartcliffe

Neighbourhood Sergeant Richard Jeffery said: “We believe both flats had been ‘cuckooed’, or taken over, by drug dealers. 

"Not only were vulnerable people being exploited in their own homes, but local residents were left feeling unsafe and having to put up with people coming and going at all hours,” Sgt Jeffery.

As well as targeting drug dealing that is happening behind closed doors, regular operations to catch those selling on the street continue.

On Tuesday, following reports that a man was dealing in a car park in Inns Court, officers arrested and later charged 36-year-old Matthew Luxton from Coates Walk, Knowle with possession of heroin and cocaine.  A 19-year-old man who is currently on licence from prison was also arrested last week on suspicion of dealing around St Anne’s.  Drugs and CS gas were seized from him.

Finally, 21-year-old Connor Moore from Gatehouse Way, Withywood, who made off from officers on a previous operation in June, was recently caught and charged with dangerous driving, driving without insurance or a licence, and failing to stop at the scene of an accident. 

Sgt Jeffery added: “Every time we run these drugs operations we seize several uninsured cars which we know are being used to deal drugs.  People need to take note of two recent cases where the drivers have actually made off and subsequently found themselves charged with dangerous driving, meaning they could face a prison sentence.

“Most of these arrests are on the back of information from local people.  I hope communities feel encouraged by the action we’re taking and, even if anonymously, keep it coming.”

Anyone with information about people they believe to be dealing drugs should report their suspicions to the police online or call the non-emergency number 101. 

Or, to give information anonymously, call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through their website, www.crimestoppers-uk.org  They never ask for your name and cannot trace your call.

If you, or someone you know, needs help for alcohol and drug misuse, contact Bristol ROADS (Recovery Orientated Alcohol & Drugs Service), who can officer a wide range of services for people wanting to access treatment and support.