Number of drugs crimes up

Ilkeston Streets of change feature. The Ilkeston North Railway Station now occupied by a Surgery and police station
Ilkeston Streets of change feature. The Ilkeston North Railway Station now occupied by a Surgery and police station

The number of drugs offences in Ilkeston in the last three months has shot up by nearly half compared to last year, figures have revealed.

But Insp Nick Daines, in charge of policing in Ilkeston has said that the 47.2 per cent hike is down to more vigilant members of the public coming forward to report drugs offences in the town.

“We welcome all the information we get from the public,” he said.

Referring to last week’s court case in which Ilkeston heroin delear Jay Betts was jailed for 47 months for drugs offences, Insp Daines continued: “It’s juts part of the ongoing work that we are doing.

“There are a number of cases in the court system where we hope to get similar positive results.

“We want to make it absolutely clear to drug dealers, they will be coming in.”

The figures, which were discussed at a strategic policing committee meeting on Tuesday revealed that there were 106 recorded drugs offences in Ilkeston between April and September, compared to 72 offences in the same three months last year.

But it was a different story in neighbouring Long Eaton, where drugs offences dropped by 12.8 per cent.

In the county as a whole, drugs offences are up by just 4.6 per cent compared to the same period last year.

There were a total of 1,380 offences in Derbyshire, up by 61 crimes on last April to September.