Eight arrests made as officers tackle drug use in Mansfield

The officersconducted plain-clothed operations, executed drugs warrants, utilised drugs testing machines and carried out patrols alongside specially trained drugs dogs.
The officersconducted plain-clothed operations, executed drugs warrants, utilised drugs testing machines and carried out patrols alongside specially trained drugs dogs.

Officers from Mansfield Community Safety Hub carried out daytime patrols to tackle the use of Mamba in Mansfield town centre.

Throughout March the officers carried out numerous days of action to tackle antisocial behaviour involving drugs in Mansfield town centre and surrounding areas after extra funding was sought from the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The officers conducted plain-clothed operations, executed drugs warrants, utilised drugs testing machines and carried out patrols alongside specially trained drugs dogs.

Extra evening patrols were also added in order to support the night time economy and assist in reducing violence.

As a direct result of these operations, eight arrests were made including two men, aged 42 and 29, on suspicion of possession of mamba, and 41-year-old man and 17-year-old boy on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis. Each of those four people were released under investigation.  

A spokesman from Nottinghamshire Police said: "A further seven people were interviewed by officers in connection with various offences.

"These included three men, aged 40, 28 and 23, who were interviewed in connection with possession of mamba and a 30-year-old man in connection with possession of amphetamine, all of whom were reported for summons.

"A 32-year-old man was also cautioned for possession of cocaine and a 42-year-old man was given a fixed penalty notice for possession of cannabis.

"An amount of cannabis, mamba, amphetamines and cocaine were recovered along with a substantial amount of money."

Numerous referrals to Framework and Social Care were also made ensuring that vulnerable people have the support in place that they need.

Community Protection Notices and Warnings have also been issued and we will be seeking Criminal Behaviour Orders against those who continue to cause problems.

Sergeant David Booler said: "We want to reassure the public that we do all we can to support vulnerable members of society and this was a key feature in the operations we have carried out. We will continue to work closely with Framework to address this. 

"However, no one should feel uncomfortable walking through their local town due to people using drugs like Mamba, and whilst we recognise there is still work to do, we are committed to continue working hard to address these issues and will continue to work closely with the Mansfield Bid Team and Mansfield District Council to tackle them."