Police make arrest in crackdown on drug-driving

21 March 2017 12:59PM

POLICE have made an arrest during a crackdown on drug-driving.

The operation was carried out on Friday night in Barrow.

Twenty vehicles were stopped and one person was arrested on suspicion of driving a vehicle while under the influence of controlled drugs.

The operation was carried out by Cumbria police, including traffic officers and constables from the Special Constabulary.

Officers were based in and around Barrow, including Schneider road, Michaelson Road and Holker Street, from 9pm until the early hours of Saturday morning.

Barrow Sergeant Sara Seath said: “Proactive operations involving different departments are vital in removing from our roads those who think it is OK to drive under the influence of drink or drugs.

"They are also important to disrupt the activity of criminals who travel on our roads.

"I’d like to thank all the officers who took part, especially to the Special Constables who give up their time to make our streets safer."

Sergeant Jessica Clulow, from the Special Constabulary, said: "As a Special, being able to get involved in this proactive work is an interesting and varied opportunity, which makes our volunteering diverse and enjoyable.

"It not only allows for a bigger presence to be seen by the public but helps us to build on our skillset, make a difference, and support our regular police officer colleagues.”

Commenting on the results of the operation, Cumbria’s police and crime commissioner Peter McCall said: "This is a great example of how effective our local policing teams are.

"Through working together on proactive operations such as this, our communities are safer and criminals are taken out of circulation.

"Random operations such as these will continue and those tempted to flout the law must know they are likely to be caught.”

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