Undercover police in drug and theft swoop

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POLICE raided four homes and carried out three undercover operations in a crackdown on drugs and supermarket thefts in Chesterfield.

The raids formed part of a ‘strike week’ which led to the arrests of three suspects for drug offences.

About a dozen people were stopped and searched on the streets.

Raids were carried out on homes at Grove Farm Close in Brimington, and Kingsley Avenue, Chesterfield.

At the Brimington address a 37-year-old man was arrested and later charged with possession of cannabis.

He is due to appear before magistrates in September.

The 30-year-old man of a Kingsley Avenue flat was arrested after officers found four cannabis plants.

He has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

In a raid at a house on Romford Way, Barrow Hill, officers found a substance believed to be amphetamine in the freezer and a 32-year-old man received a caution for possession.

And police said a search of a house on Wren Park Close, Chesterfield, led to the recovery of a motorbike which did not have any insurance.

Two plain clothes operations were also carried out at Morrison’s supermarkets in Staveley and Chatsworth Road with the aim of targeting purse thieves.

In a third police swoop, on a public toilet in High Street, Old Whittington, visitors were searched for evidence of suspected criminality.

Acting Sergeant Simon Cartwright said the raids were in response to concerns voiced by the community and showed police were listening.

He said: “Showing the public we listen to their concerns and respond to them is vital to increase their feelings of safety and to ensure we continue to receive intelligence.

“Drug use and purse thefts are two of the key concerns in the community which is why we chose to target them.”