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Drugs taken off streets thanks to community intelligence

by Alison Cornmell

Knowsley’s local policing team were able to execute a warrant in the Dragon Drive area of Whiston thanks to intelligence gathered by Knowsley Council’s Crime and Communities Team.

Thanks to this information the police were able to conduct a warrant which resulted in the seizure of a number of expensive watches and approx. £ 1700 cash.

While at the property officers became aware of a strong smell of cannabis at a neighbouring property. Officers obtained a further warrant where 220 cannabis plants were found and seized.
Cannabis plants in Dragon Lane area
Knowsley Community Policing Inspector, Peter Rexwinkel said: “This is a fantastic result and yet another clear example of the strong partnership we have with Knowsley Council’s Crime and Communities Team. We are an intelligence lead organisation, and this latest warrant clearly demonstrates how we act on information shared with us by the public.

“We understand there may be a reluctance to speak directly to the police but please rest assured, no matter who you share information with, it will be considered and where possible, acted on.”

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said:

“Tackling crime and antisocial behaviour is a key priority for Knowsley Council and the Crime and Communities Team are continuing to make a positive difference in our communities. This is yet another fantastic result and I hope further encourages residents to share information, giving them the confidence to speak up knowing that we will act on the information they share with us.”

Merseyside Police are now conducing enquiries into the residents of the properties. If you have any information about this incident or any other concerns please report it to Merseyside Police via 101 or online here. However, if there is anything you would like to discuss in confidence with our Crime and Communities Team please email: Safer.Knowsley@knowsley.gov.uk