December 8 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Police in Breckland claimed it as a “cracking result” after alcohol and drugs were seized alongside a crossbow during an operation in Thetford.
After the operation, the force said on Twitter in the early hours yesterday: “Cracking result from tonight’s operation in Thetford, alcohol seized, drugs seized and even a crossbow.”
The seizures were part of Operation Roundup, which is an on-going initiative in Breckland to provide reassurance, and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in targeted areas across the district.
This involves deploying extra high visibility patrols to deter offences and has seen officers seize items such as alcohol and motocross bikes.
Overnight on Wednesday in Thetford a team of eight officers consisting of one PC and eight PCSOs concentrated in the town centre where they visited numerous retail and licensed premises to offer reassurance.
Police said that alcohol was seized from one man in the town centre and officers, as part of this operation, stopped and searched a vehicle in which they discovered a small amount of drugs and a crossbow.
A 38-year-old man from Thetford was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled drug and an offensive weapon. He was taken to Bury St Edmunds police investigation centre for further enquiries to be made while he remains in custody.
Inspector Paul Wheatley, of the Breckland operational partnership team, said: “The purpose of Operation Roundup is to provide reassurance to the public and local businesses in specified locations and to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in those areas by increasing high-visibility patrols.
“We have had three of these operations so far in Thetford and one each in Watton and Mattishall and as last night demonstrated, in addition to deterring anti-social behaviour and seizing alcohol, the potential is also there to detect more serious offences involving drugs and even offensive weapons.
“This operation will continue into the winter and we hope it sends out a strong message to those people who would disrupt the lives of others in our public places that it will not be tolerated.”