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Plain clothes police tackle drug dealers in Westcliff
11:00am Thursday 14th March 2013 in News
PLAIN clothes police have been operating near Westcliff Library to catch drug pushers.
They have launched Operation Doublet following a series of calls about dealers using bicycles and in cars.
Many have been darting in and out of alleyways off St George’s Park Drive to sell both class A drugs and cannabis.
The operation has seen more than 30 stop-checks carried out on suspects by non-uniformed officers since mid-February.
But they have also been bolstered by uniformed patrols to act as a deterrent.
A call to the neighbourhood policing phone number quoting the index number of a car has already yielded some positive results. P
olice managed to get to the scene within minutes and found heroin and crack cocaine in a car.
A woman received a caution because only small amounts were found.
Insp Brad Dickel, of Leigh police, said: “We’ve seen a very recent increase in drug-related calls reporting to the neighbourhood policing team in Westcliff, in particular around Westcliff Library and St George’s Park Drive with the dealers making use of the alleyways, very frequently covertly in plain clothes to combat this problem.
“We’ve seen some real success around driving these people out of this area.”
Police thanked local residents for their information and urged them to keep calling on the neighbourhood policing mobile phone on 07816661693.