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All quiet on the Morecambe front during drugs crack down

John Freeman
High profile raids last year have led to quieter streets in Morecambe, according to officers carrying out a drugs crackdown.

The on-going Operation Brisk is aimed at tackling drug dealing in the town – but its success last year, combined with the high visibility Operation Nimrod activity in November and December, has led to fewer dealers operating in the town.

Earlier today (Thursday 22nd April), officers were involved in the latest Operation Brisk clamp down. Patrols carried out 16 stop and searches during a two-hour period but no arrests were made.

A warrant was also executed at an address in Westminster Road, where a caution was given for possession of cannabis.

“Carrying out the operation, but not having to make any arrests, was very reassuring as it means our message that drugs won’t be tolerated in Morecambe is getting across," said PC Emma Armstrong of Morecambe Police.

“We would like to thank the local community for helping us with our battle against drug dealers and want residents to know that if they come to us with their concerns or with information then we will take action.”

PC Darren Rotherham, community beat manager for Morecambe’s West End, added: “Last year’s Operation Nimrod has had a really positive effect on the community and, added to the results we have had through previous Operation Brisk activity, has led to the streets being a lot quieter in relation to drugs and drug dealing.

“We won’t be resting on our laurels though and will be continuing with this kind of activity for the foreseeable future so that those who peddle drugs are not given the chance to blight the lives of Morecambe residents.”