Police arrest 12 in Impact blitz

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A police crackdown on burglary, theft and drug abuse in Derbyshire has netted 135 suspects.

Officers have been taking part in Operation Impact since earlier this year and have arrested 12 people in the latest phase, which focused on north east Derbyshire.

Police executed warrants in Dronfield, Killamarsh, Renishaw, Barlow, Grassmoor, Clay Cross, Morton, Stonebroom and Stretton.

Seven people have been released on police bail while inquiries are carried out, and a 34-year-old man received a warning for possessing cannabis following a search at Bowshaw, Dronfield.

Brett Thomas, aged 31, of Hague Avenue, Renishaw, was charged with possessing cannabis and is due to appear before magistrates on October 28.

Two men and a woman were arrested in Whitwell on suspicion of importing controlled substances after officers seized cash and drugs from the address.
All three have been bailed pending further investigations.

Sergeant Simon Cartwright, who has been coordinating the operation, said: “Since Operation Impact started in May, there have been more than 35 warrants and 135 arrests, of which over 50 were in connection with drug offences.

“Ten vehicles have been seized, and a large amount of suspected drugs has been taken off the streets. We have also been targeting wanted suspects and working with other agencies to arrest and bring to court those who have not paid their fines.”

Anyone with information about crime in their area should call 101.