New squad's first raid has helped to protect children

THE new drug squad's first raid did not lead to any arrests '“ but ended with a bid to protect children.

Wednesday, 4th January 2017, 6:00 am
Updated Monday, 9th January 2017, 12:44 pm

In a warrant executed yesterday, Detective Inspector Linda Howard said children were found at an address linked to drug-dealing. Social services were informed as a result, helping to protect them from any risk.

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Chief Inspector Jim Pegler is also hoping the new team will help safeguard other youngsters who may be enlisted by criminal gangs as runners.

He said: ‘They might be attracted by easy money, but then they find themselves at risk of violence and becoming heavily indebted and at a real risk of harm.’