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Pubs face drug raid

PUNTERS have been warned they will be caught if they take or deal drugs in Solihull pubs.

PUNTERS have been warned they will be caught if they take or deal drugs in Solihull pubs.

The latest warning is part of a crackdown organised by police and Solihull Council licensing officers who have joined forces to help reduce drug use in the borough.

Recently police swooped on seven pubs in Chelmsley Wood, accompanied by drugs dog, Woody. During the visits, Woody singled out various customers in the pubs.

Only one man was arrested and bailed on suspicion of possession of class A and B drugs – but Acting Sergeant Steve Newman said the deterrent factor meant the crackdown had not been a failure.

“By showing a visible presence in licensed premises using drugs dogs, a message will be sent out to the community that we will go into any pub and take action where necessary,” he said.

The operation was supported by licensees who say they’re taking positive steps to attract law-abiding customers and clamp down on anti-social behaviour and drug use.

Regular visits will be made to reassure customers and bar staff who can find it difficult to take on people dealing drugs.

Councillor Diana Holl-Allen, cabinet member for safer communities, added: “This great result shows that the police and council, working together under the Safer Solihull Partnership, are taking successful steps with licensees to rid the borough of the scourge of drugs.”

 

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