Last month two men were arrested for dealing drugs after a raid on a house Berkeley Street, West Hull. Humberside Police stated ‘’a numerous amounts of drugs were found at the house in Berkeley Street, off Spring Bank, including cannabis and as yet unidentified tablets’’.
Local residents in the street rang through numerous reports to 101 of drug dealing activity over an 8-week period, then further followed up their concerns with Beat Officer PC Greenwood. The residents also outlined their concerns in correspondence to local MP Diana Johnson and Chief Constable Lee Freeman and this all resulted in a multi-agency task force being set up to tackle the issue.
PC Scott Greenwood, who helped lead the investigation alongside the Pro-Active team, said: “Over the last few months we have had a lot of intelligence from residents about drug dealing from the front door. Due to these reports we’ve looked at dealing with this long term rather than just an arrest.’’
“This is a great outcome for us. Not only have we secured and closed a house but we have two in custody and found drugs.
“I believe the house will now be boarded up. It’s a great feeling to know we have done our job for the community and sorted what has been a problem for them for years.
It’s a great outcome for all concerned and highlights the power of Neighbourhood Watch and residents working together with agencies to fight crime.
Local Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator said ‘’we would like to share our experiences with other groups, to show that when residents get together, they can make a difference and achieve the required result.’’