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Keighley police delighted as Class A drug arrests rise
6:00am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
Arrests by Keighley police of suspected dealers in Class A drugs have more than trebled, it has been revealed.
Between April and July this year, 41 people were held for the supply of top-category drugs – which include heroin and cocaine.
The figure compares to just 12 in the same period last year.
Meanwhile, arrests for possessing Class A substances have fallen, from 22 to eight. And the overall number of drugs-related arrests by Airedale and North Bradford officers dropped slightly, from 132 to 126.
Chief Inspector Steve Thomas – the division’s head of crime – welcomed the figures, but vowed the force would continue to strive to do better.
And he urged the public to maintain its support of the fight against drugs.
“Despite the impact of the spending cuts we have sustained our efforts in tackling drug-related crime,” he said.
“These statistics demonstrate just one of the many tactics used to target these criminals, whose assets we continue to seize under the Proceeds of Crime Act. So far this year, we have seized almost £80,000, which will be used to fund further policing operations and community projects. Drugs and firearms often go hand in hand and that is why we work closely with the Bradford district team on initiatives like Operation Sabredale, to tackle and disrupt those criminals who use or threaten to use firearms in their activities. But as impressive as these statistics are we can always do better, and anyone with information about drugs is asked to call Airedale and North Bradford Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”
Keighley MP Kris Hopkins paid tribute to the police for their efforts and backed their plea to the public.
“Once again frontline officers in Keighley deserve our thanks and congratulations for their sterling efforts in taking these drugs and the individuals who peddle them off our streets,” he said. But unfortunately the scourge of drug dealing will remain, so we must continue to be vigilant and help the police whenever and wherever we can.”
Coun Graham Mitchell, who chairs the town council’s Watch and Transport committee, whose remit includes crime, said he was “delighted” with the police figures.
He added: “Drugs are all too present in today’s society and Keighley is no different to other towns.”
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