TWO Mansfield men have been charged with drugs offences following a raid on a town centre pub at the weekend.
Shane Chapman (33), of Princes Street, and Michael Gilbert (22), of Station Road, both appeared before Mansfield Magistrates yesterday (Monday 29th April) charged with supply of a controlled drug.
Three other people, two men and a woman, who were also arrested in the operation, and have been released on bail pending further investigation.
A 30-strong team of police officers, Police Community Support Officers and Specials carried out enforcement action at the Crown and Anchor pub, in Queen Street, at around 4.20pm on Saturday.
They were responding to intelligence from the community and ongoing complaints about suspected illegal activity on the premises.
Quantities of substances believed to be controlled drugs were seized during the action.
A cordon was in place around the pub until 8pm while a detailed search was carried out.
As a result of the action, a request will be made to the licensing authority to suspend the pub’s licence to trade, pending a full review.
Further arrests are expected to take place over the coming weeks in connection with the investigation.
Neil Williams, Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for Mansfield South, who led the operation, said: “Make no mistake, Mansfield is a good place to visit and enjoy a safe night out.
“However, a minority of licensed premises let the rest of the responsible traders down and harm the reputation of our town.
“We have responded to complaints from the community about suspected illegal activity at the Crown and Anchor and acted on intelligence from members of the public to take this action.
“They can be assured that we have listened to their concerns and taken them seriously.
“We consulted with our partners before taking this action and, together, we will work to ensure all licensed premises in Mansfield are operating legally and safely.
“We know times are tough for licensees in the current financial climate and we are keen to support and work with those that trade responsibly and legally.”
If you have any information that could help our investigation call us on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.