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No drugs found as police target pubs

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 12, 2014

  • DRUGS CHECK: The police team in Liskeard and inset, sniffer dog Ollie. : Paul Hamlyn

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POLICE in South East Cornwall said drugs raids carried out in pubs have proved "really positive" after no one was found in possession of banned substances.

Fourteen police officers and their passive sniffer dog, Ollie, undertook drug inspections throughout five pubs in Torpoint, Tideford and Liskeard on Saturday.

Police found no one in possession of drugs during the inspection but swabs of pub toilets completed by officers will be sent for analysis.

Inspector Dan Ivey, who polices South East Cornwall, said: "Tonight has been really positive because it shows that the work that we have been doing has been working. It has been a real success and shows that the pubs are being run properly."

The police are working with partner agencies such as Addaction, a drug and alcohol treatment charity in the Pubs Against Drugs (PAD) scheme to decrease drug use in Cornwall.

Over the past 12 months, from March 2013 to March 2014, total crime in South East Cornwall has decreased by 8.7 per cent, with 312 fewer crimes overall than last year.

Mr Ivey added: "Heroin use is a problem in Liskeard. There is a direct correlation of drug use with crime.

"People will commit offences to fund drug habits, which has a huge impact on people.

"The operation [on Saturday] is based on intelligence, violence and drugs problems – communities want to see more police officers tackling the problem.

"South East Cornwall is a really safe place to live. My responsibility is to make sure it stays that way.

He added: "It's part of a wider initiative that we do; the licensees asked us to do this."

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