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Warning to South Cumbria drug dealers

DRUG dealers need to be on their guard in the run up to Christmas as police plan a crackdown on suppliers, South Cumbria’s new chief inspector says.

Chief Inspector Mike O’Hagan took up the temporary role last week and is expected to be in the job for the next five months.

His appointment ahead of the Christmas period means he has immediately started concentrating on the problems the festive period can create.

“We have done a lot of work in the run up to Christmas doing proactive work in the hotspots in the town centre and working with people in the night time economy, making sure people who should be excluded from the town centre are excluded,” he said.

This included people banned from pubs as part of the Barwatch scheme and also those issued with temporary bans by the police, he said.

People who producing or supplying drugs will be targeted and sniffer dogs will be at work on the streets.

“We will be carrying out a number of drug warrants in the run up to Christmas in places where they are being handled and distributed. The dog section will also come out and do a job for us and check people who might be in possession of drugs,” said Chief Insp O’Hagan.

“In the run up to Christmas we will be doing a lot of work around that because it can ultimately lead to an unsafe environment in the town centre.

“We will be doing a lot of work that will stop people being hurt by would-be offenders.”

As well as urging people to drink sensibly over Christmas and consider their neighbours, police would also be working to help potential victims of domestic violence, he said.

Chief Insp O’Hagan said: “It’s part of our festive planning to recognise that Christmas can trigger tension in some relationships and we will be proactive in dealing with people who have offended in the past.”

People at risk of domestic violence would be visited and given advice on how to keep themselves safe and told what help was on offer, he said.

As well as giving people advice and help via traditional routes, police could also be contacted via Facebook and Twitter during the festive season, Chief Insp O’Hagan said.

His new role covers the whole of South Cumbria from Kendal to Barrow. Sergeant Ian McClymont has been appointed temporary inspector for Barrow to take over from him.

Have your say

Is this supposed to stop Christmas drugs? Like trying to stop the night.

Posted by Bazman on 20 November 2012 at 10:02

Looks Like Richard Rhodes is going to have his work cut out if this is the level of intelligence within the Constabulary.

Posted by Tony on 19 November 2012 at 16:15

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