Teenager Arrested for Carrying Knife in St Jude’s Bristol:
Bristol police have made several arrests and referred a teenager to the Drug Education Programme after spotting drug dealing activity in St Jude’s Bristol.
Officers patrolling East and Central Bristol on Thursday 28 February, saw a 15-year-old boy approach a known drug dealer on River Street at the back of Cabot Circus car park.
They searched the teen under Section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, subsequently charging him with being possession of a knife. He was released on unconditional bail pending an appearance at Bristol Youth Court later this month.
Another two men aged 26 and 27, were arrested on Payne Drive in the Lawrence Hill area of Bristol, after police officers stopped a car believed to be connected to a drugs supply in the city.
The 26-year-old was arrested in the car having been found in possession of drugs, whilst the 27-year-old was arrested on suspicion of being in possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.
The search was conducted under Section 32 of the Misuse of Drugs Act. A total of 50 wraps of suspected Class A drugs were found hidden in socks alongside a large quantity of cash. Both men have since been released under investigation.
Back in Riverside Park in St Jude’s, a 16-year-old was spotted by officers again approaching and handing over a package to a known drug user.
The teenager was detained under Section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, with around 40 wraps of suspected Class A drugs being found on him. He was released under investigation.
The drug user was found in possession of a small number of wraps and referred to a Drug Education Programme referral. This a scheme offered to people caught in possession of a small number of drugs, giving them the chance to take part in an education workshop instead of being arrested.
Police say they made a further referral to the DEP after finding a small quantity of suspected Class A drugs and related paraphernalia in the home of a 40-year-old man who they had detained after witnessing him ‘acting suspiciously’.
Easton Neighbourhood Sergeant, Chris Green said: “These arrests, charges and referrals show we are committed to reducing the harm caused by drugs in the communities of St Paul’s and Easton and that we are in it for the long haul.
“We know that local people appreciate our on-going work in their community. Residents tell me and my team every day that they are sick and tired of drugs being dealt in the streets where their children play and walk to school.
“Please tell us what you know – information from the community is the key to our work and we can’t run this operation without it. You don’t have to speak to us directly, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously. Rewards of up to £1,000 are offered for information leading to an arrest and charge.”
You can report suspicious activity via the Avon and Somerset Police website or by calling 101. It’s 999 if a crime is in progress.
Or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their website.
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