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Police make clean sweep of town

By 12th March 2020

Police make clean sweep of town
Police officers on patrol in St Austell to target drink and drug abuse

In the wake of the recent outbreak of anti-social behaviour in and St Austell town centre, police have continued to step up their patrols targeting drug and alcohol abuse.

Led by Neighbourhood Watch Sergeant Regie Butler-Card, a team of 20 officers including both plain clothes and uniformed as well as Cornwall Council’s licensing team and a specialist drugs dog, were deployed at pubs across the area.

The team also visited teenage hotspots including Linear Park and the Copse in Bethel.

The team visited pubs including The Western Inn, Queen’s Head and Wetherspoons in the town centre as well the Rashleigh Arms, Harbour Tavern and the Pier House in Charlestown.

At each of their unannounced visits the team did drug swipes in the toilets as well as checking door staff licences and making sure each Designated Premises Supervisor’s (licensee) credentials were accurate and up to date.

After confronting a drug user in South Street and issuing him with a stern warning for possession of a small amount of cannabis the team began their sweep of the town.

At each venue plain clothes officers were already in situ looking for any signs of drug dealing before the uniformed officers made their unannounced entrance.

Upon arrival the officers checked toilets with special drugs swipes whilst the council team checked licence paperwork.

Although nothing untoward was found Sgt Butler-Card was pleased with their evening’s work.

He said: “I was very glad to see the co-operation from all of the premises we visited tonight. Far from distancing themselves, they allowed us free access and the feedback we got was that they welcomed a police presence in the town. “

"Tonight was quiet in town – granted – but what I would say is that we intend to keep up our patrols with all available methods and resources that we have and if you are dealing drugs or carrying out criminal activities we will get you.”

By 12th March 2020

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