GALLERIES: Police force their way into three houses in Fenland town drugs crackdown
POLICE swept through Chatteris today as they cracked down on suspected drug use and forced their way into three homes.
'If we have enough information to get a warrant from the magistrates we will continue to put doors in every day,' said one of the officers involved, Pc Andrew Harcup-Rudd.
At the same time 10 PCSOs from March, Chatteris and Whittlesey tackled anti-social behaviour and illegal parking across the town.
Officers executed warrants on three houses in Chatteris under Section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act.
They cautioned a 24-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man, at separate addresses, for possession of cannabis.
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Six officers, including armed police, forced their way into their first house in Lindsells Walk at around 9am. They were greeted with a barrage of abuse from two women and two men while they searched the property, using a drugs dog, before cautioning the 24-year-old for possession of the Class B drug.
An onlooker said: 'You don't expect this sort of stuff to happen down your street but I'm glad it has.
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'Life down this road has become quite hairy lately with lots of noise and cars coming down here at all hours.'
Their next search - on a house in Neils Walk - proved fruitless before police left for their final target, an end terrace in Heronshaw.
They found a 35-year-old man who freely admitted to having just used heroin. Police, however, could only find cannabis and issued him with a caution.
Officers and the drugs dog also searched a nearby ditch where intelligence suggested the man had been storing his Class A and Class B drugs. That search continued into the afternoon.
While carrying out their high-visibility patrol in the town one PCSO found cannabis plants in a greenhouse in Wimpole Street.
Pc Harcup-Rudd said: 'Today is about reminding the people of Chatteris that we will act on the information they give us.