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Priority October 2018 - Drugs

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January 2015

In April and May there were five stabbings within the Meadows. This was unusual for the area and reflected a national trend in the increase of knife crime. The Meadows community were naturally shocked and as a result a number of public meetings were held which were attended by councillors, police, community groups and MP.

We developed a plan locally which focussed on engagement and enforcement. Engagement involved working with, and supporting, our partners in identifying opportunities to interact with the community specifically the younger generation. We have also delivered educational talks at schools in the area to educate pupils about the dangers of knife crime.

Enforcement centred on identifying those involved in knife crime and ensuring that every opportunity was taken to prosecute them. It was recognised that there was a significant overlap between those committing knife crime and those involved in drug supply. As a result the Neighbourhood Policing Team have been obtaining and executing numerous drugs warrants in the Meadows area. We have also been working with Council Colleagues to take civil action, including eviction, wherever possible.

If you have concerns regarding persons carrying weapons or involved in drugs please contact the police in the case of emergency on 999 or for non-emergency on the 101 number, via local Neighbourhood officer or Facebook or Twitter.