Crackdown on drug-dealing among top police priorities


Drug dealing, speeding motorists and nuisance vehicles are to be the focus of neighbourhood policing priorities in Cotmanhay and Shipley View over the next three months.

At a meeting, residents of the area pleaded for the issues to receive more attention.

Neighbourhood policing teams are now hoping to take positive action against such problems, which can spark anti-social behaviour.

PC Andy Kendall-Edwards of the policing team said that the main way of ensuring results was for the public to continue coming forward.

“We are looking at concerns such as off-road bikes and quad bikes on roads, especially those being riden by young children without helmets on around Bridge Street and Cotmanhay Road,” he said.

“Residents parking in undesignated areas is also an issue, with some choosing to park on zebra crossings or obstruct roads while they pop into a shop.”

The police have already been successful in combating aspects of nuisance vehicles with a case last February of a young man receiving £800 in fines and eight points on his licence for reckless driving on an off-road bike.

Drug dealing is also high on the police team’s list of priorities with more reports being received of cannabis and Mephedrone (MCAT) being dealt on the streets.

“The brilliant thing about these neighbourhood meetings is that frustrated residents are proving they are no longer afraid to come forward,” the PC adds. “I cannot emphasise enough that we do rely on information from the community to take positive action and quickly.”