Drugs Operation in the City

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Dear Residents,

A recent survey highlighted that illicit drug related activity was a concern for the communities of the Central Leicester NPA.

As a result, we arranged a series of deployments as part of the National Operation Sceptre.
The seven day operation took place last week and was supported by the force’s established #LivesNotKnives campaign and partnership work which aims to reduce knife crime by targeting those carrying weapons and disrupt the supply of knives available to use.
Knife crime is often associated with other criminal behaviours such as exploitation and illegal drug use.

Therefore, our activity was focused in the following ways;

Monday (day time) & Friday (evening)- A number of officers, along with a passive drugs dog were deployed into our hot spot areas across all 4 beats; The City, Riverside, Cultural Quarter and Westcotes. The drugs dog can assist in building grounds for searching those involved in drug use.

30 searches were completed with the assistance of the dog, of which 40% were positive for drugs.

2 people were arrested for drug related offences whilst others received an out of court disposal to engage with treatment services.

1 of those arrested, was found to be in possession of a significant amount of heroin and was therefore charged with supply offences and remanded into Custody. The other was released pending further enquiries, but he was charged with other matters.

Another male was also arrested and returned to the Courts on a warrant.

2 people were also searched that are known to Police for carrying weapons.

Tuesday and Saturday- Knife sweeps took place across the Westcotes and Riverside beats, focusing on Bede Park, the canal tow path and Castle Gardens. Officers searched open spaces with a view to recovering any discarded or discreted weapons.

Thursday- This day saw engagement with retail premises known to sell knives. Retail advice packs were delivered on how to sell knives safely. This is work we intend to follow up post lockdown with other retailers.

Throughout the week, Youth Services also attended Bede Park from 5-8pm to engage with Young people on the dangers of knife and associated crime. Digital school engagement was also delivered to over 7,000 pupils across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Tacking violent crime, including those using weapons and drugs is a priority for the City NPA. This week of action is just one way in which we can contribute to a larger holistic plan to reduce such crime and I hope the communities in the City feel reassured that we are prepared to take action against those who offend.

We will continue to work along side our Violence Reduction Network and partners including schools, councils, health and charitable organisations, as well as parents and care givers to support with this issue across the board.

I’m pleased to report that no weapons were recovered during this operation, but that a quantity of drugs has been removed from circulation.

I pass thanks on to those members of the community who engaged positively with us whilst we were conducting this activity and look forward to providing you with more updates in the future.

If you don’t already, please follow us on Twitter @LPCityCentre. You will see daily updates from your teams.

Kind regards,



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Conor Robinson (Police, DNO, Central Leicester, Westcotes)

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