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Operation Farrell: Officers appeal to the public for help in tackling organised drug crime in Nuneaton

One of Nuneaton's top police officers has told people coming into the town to deal drugs and commit other types of crime they are "not welcome."

The clear message comes as police in Nuneaton publicly launch Operation Farrell and appeal to the public for help to tackle organised drug crime in the town.

Operation Farrell, which has been running since December 2017, was launched to tackle the supply of drugs coming into the town from bigger cities; something known as county lines. It was launched following a number of violent crimes in the town linked to the supply of drugs.

Today, officers are going public with the operation and appealing to local people for their support.

Inspector Dave Williams, safer neighbourhood lead for Nuneaton, Bedworth, and North Warwickshire, said: "To date there have been 28 arrests and a closure order at a property in Dillon Court, Nuneaton.

"But this only tells half the story; the main success has been the disruption to the county lines drugs supply and an improved intelligence picture that is helping us to target those responsible.

"We are sending out a clear message; if you're coming to Nuneaton to deal drugs and take part in other forms of criminal activity, you're not welcome. We're looking for you and we will do everything in our power to disrupt your activity and make the town a hostile place for you.

"A lot of what we have achieved has only been possible thanks to information provided by members of the public. As we go public with the operation, I would urge people to continue to provide us with information and play a part in helping to make Nuneaton a safe place to live, work, and visit.

"We can't act immediately on every piece of information, but no matter how small that information is it helps us to build up a better picture of the issues we are facing. Your information could be the final part of the puzzle that will allow us to make an arrest or take out a warrant.

"I would also like to reassure people that Operation Farrell isn't going to be a one off. We know that as we eliminate one supply of drugs other dealers will look to move in to fill the gap. We're in this for the long haul and are committed to making it as difficult as possible to deal drugs in Nuneaton."

Police are also keen to take the opportunity to encourage drug users to seek help for their addiction. Inspector Williams added: "While much of this operation is focused tackling the supply of drugs it is important we work to reduce the demand and ensure those who want to break the cycle of drug abuse can get help. There is support available locally and I would encourage anyone with a drug problem to access it.

"If you know someone with a drug problem, please talk to them about the services available."

If you would like to report concerns about violent or drug-related organised crime in Nuneaton please call 101. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org

If you or someone you know has a drug addiction, help is available. You can call Compass on 08000 887248 or visit www.compass-uk.org/compass-warwickshire. Alternatively, you can contact Change Grow Live Warwickshire on 01926 353513 or visit https://www.changegrowlive.org/content/change-grow-live-warwickshire

 

Posted by Sam Cook, Communications Officer

Published 30/07/18