Late-night raid leads police to Class A drugsBy Natalie Slater
May 13, 2010
Heroin and pills were found during a raid on a Finchampstead house as part of police efforts to crack down on known criminals and problem areas.
A team of specialist officers from the neighbourhood police team in Wokingham entered the property in Nine Mile Ride at around 9.30pm on Wednesday, April 28, where two men and a woman were found upstairs smoking heroin.
The team, who were acting on intelligence information, searched the two-bedroom property and found drug paraphernalia and cash but found only one street deal of heroin worth about £10.
PC Kyle Bateman said that the property was clearly being used for drugs but there was no firm evidence to prosecute the occupants for dealing.
The woman, aged 33, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drug possession. She has been bailed until June 10.
He said: “We carried out a thorough search but unfortunately, we did not find enough drugs to arrest anyone for intent to supply.
“We found a box under the bed with scales and a mini-blow torch that is commonly used to wrap heroin and a large amount of cling film rolls but that is probably not enough to secure a conviction and we have to decide if arresting them is in the public interest.
“In this case, the two men were not arrested but we arrested the woman on suspicion of possessing a Class A substance as we found a packet of pills in her bra and she is currently on bail until test results come back to say what the drugs were.”
Night crime is being reduced by 90 per cent as the team focus on patrolling the Wokingham police area and target known criminals who may be up to no good.
PC Bateman said: “We have been working as the proactive arm of the neighbourhood police team and have employed a number of tactics from patrolling both uniformed and in plain clothes on foot, bicycle and vehicles to prevent crime and to pursue offenders.
“We are a 24/7 team of officers working on an intelligence lead basis and we are highly manoeuvrable on when and how we work using a number of different techniques.”
PC Bateman and his team will hear about where thieves are targeting and will place themselves in that area.
One night they may be in a marked car stopping suspicious people in Woodley, the next they may be executing a drug warrant in Lower Earley, and the next they might be raiding a cannabis factory in Earley.
PC Bateman said: “We never know what we will be doing until maybe that day when we are told that a number of burglaries are happening in a concentrated area.
“Last week we were in Shinfield stop checking known persons in the area who were probably up to no good. These checks led to the identification and then pursuit of a vehicle that had stolen two LCD televisions worth £1,000 from Tesco in Wokingham and it ended in the safe arrest of three people for a variety of different offences.
“Just having a presence in the area has a big effect and we are able to cover a large mileage within the LPA from the Reading borders out to Finchampstead and across Wokingham.”
To help reduce crime if you live in a house and have UPVC doors or windows, before you go out, go away, go to bed make sure all are shut and secure.
All UPVC front doors should be double locked (so the handles cannot be pulled down) and you should hide your car keys in a safe place.
Don’t leave them on view.