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Reports of heroin dealing in a quiet Cornish village

Reports of heroin dealing in a quiet Cornish village

Published by Emma Carton at 11:49am 4th July 2018. (Updated at 11:54am 4th July 2018)

Police are laying on extra patrols in a quiet Cornish village, amid reports of heroin dealing.

High-visibility and anti-drugs officers will be out and about in the Chapel Close area of Crantock.

It is believed people who deal and use the Class A are using the village as a means to supply Newquay.

Inspector Dave Meredith is urging locals to keep their eyes and ears open for anything suspicious.

"The police have got concerns as a result of community intelligence and concerns expressed by local residents in Crantock that there is heroin dealing, that's a Class A drug, in the Crantock area.

"This is a matter of considerable concern and as a result of that, we're mounting extra high-visibility patrols in the Chapel Close area of Crantock.

"What I would like to do is encourage any members of the public, who see police officers in and around Crantock on foot patrol, stop them, have a chat and let them know of any concerns that they have in regard to drug dealing in the community.

"It came as a surprise to us at Newquay Police Station that this was happening. We must have a blinkers-off approach to the drug trade and this, unfortunately, is a classic example of how the bigger crime syndicates operate.

"They target vulnerable people, often in very quiet communities, to help them with the drug supply network and certainly we believe this is happening in Crantock and persons who sub-deal drugs and use drugs come across from Newquay. I don't believe there's a big drug use issue in Crantock, I believe it's being used to supply Newquay.

"What we've got to recognise is that every town, city and local community in the whole country has got a drugs problem, it's the size and nature of that problem that's the issue.

"Yes, at Newquay, we've got a drugs problem but I don't think it's significant. However at the moment, we do seem to have this supply network working from Crantock and that is why we're directing our resources to the area.

"Don't be worried. There's no threat of harm or violence to any of the residents locally. What I would ask them to do is be vigilent, keep their eyes and ears open and if they know or hear of anything that's going on, pass that information to the police in whatever means that's favourable to them".

Inspector Dave Meredith

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