Sussex Police to begin blitz on drug-fuelled crime

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DRUG dealers and users are being a given a stark warning by police as a new operation begins.

Operation Impact is starting in the Bognor area to combat the problem of drug dealers and crime associated to drugs.

Using intelligence provided by the public, police will be carrying out warrants at addresses where suspected drug dealers live.

‘The operation will also focus on tracing stolen property and reuniting it with its owners.

Chief Inspector Jane Derrick, district commander for Arun, said: ‘Many crimes are carried out by drug users who are trying to pay for their next fix.

‘In the majority of cases, burglaries, thefts and violent crimes such as street robberies are carried out by people who are trying to feed an addiction.

‘Operation Impact aims to hit these people hard.

‘Innocent people are affected by the actions of addicts who steal from cars and homes and then sell on what they steal.

‘By targeting the drug users and dealers we hope to reduce the amount of drug-associated crime that takes place in our district.’

She said residents were the force’s eyes and ears.

Ch Insp Derrick added: ‘By providing us with information about what’s going on in your street you can make a stand against this type of crime and help us reduce it.’

Anyone wishing to give information can call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111..