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Police made four arrests in one morning in a city centre crime crackdown - including one man from Birmingham on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Black Mamba.
Officers from the city centre safer neighbourhood team launched another day of action to tackle problems in the area which include drug taking, drug dealing, street drinking, begging and anti-social behaviour.
On Wednesday morning they stopped and searched eight people and made four arrests.
They included a 31-year-old man from Birmingham who was arrested for possession with intent to supply the class B drug synthetic cannabinoid - also known as Black Mamba.
The others were a 35-year-old from Derby who was held on suspicion of possessing an unknown drug which will be analysed, a 28-year-old woman from Derby for possessing suspected cannabis and a 29-year-old woman arrested for failing to appear in court.
News of the latest arrests comes as businesses in the area praised the police for their work and said they believed it was leading to more people visiting the city centre.
Sergeant Jamie Millard, who is in charge of the team, said: “My team has active patrol strategies in place and conduct regular uniformed and plain-clothed patrols of the area.
“An intelligence led approach that targets specific individuals is also used and has resulted in a number of arrests and dispersals from the city centre. The partnership that has been established between the safer neighbourhood team and the St Peters Quarter BID rangers is proving a very effective one.
“We highly value their presence and advice on issues that affect the St Peters Quarter BID area.
“We work together daily to tackle the issues in the city centre and information from the rangers has assisted us in obtaining 10 Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBO’s), banning individuals from the city centre for between three-five years.”
Helen Wathall, the managing director of G Wathall & Son funeral directors in Macklin Street, and chair of the St Peters Quarter BID, praised the work.
She said: “The issue of anti-social behaviour – particularly caused by substance misuse - has been a problem for businesses in this area, largely with the alarm that it causes to visitors during the day and to employees on their way to and from work.
“The increased uniformed presence on the streets and the partnership working with businesses and our rangers is having a positive effect and we look forward to continuing the progress that has been made.”
Carrie-Louise Holleran, manager of the Holiday Inn at Derby Riverlights, said: “Thanks to the increased communications and the support from the police and the St Peters Quarter Rangers, we now feel much more confident that the tide is turning on the incidence of crime and anti-social behaviour.
“We have had positive feedback from regular customers who have also seen a difference. However, we recognise that the police and Rangers cannot be everywhere 24/7 so we need to all work together to feed through information that they can act upon.”
Dan Luke, manager of McDonald's in St Peter’s Street, said: “The issue is not completely fixed yet but we have seen a definite improvement in the incidence of anti-social behaviour in this area.
“The increased police presence is very welcome and they often deal with issues and situations before we have needed to report them thanks to the increase intelligence from the rangers and businesses about individuals, hot spot places and times.
“Footfall has increased in the past few weeks which I think is largely down to the actions that have been taken and the reassurance that the public and businesses have had that the police are on the case.”
Sgt Millard added: “We are very pleased that the team’s hard-work seems to be having a positive effect, however we are not complacent and will continue to work with our partners and the rangers who provide a very effective communication feed to us, helping us to direct our patrols and target issues.”
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