Bridlington drug raids

Police have carried out a number of raids in Bridlington this morning as part of the force's latest crackdown on illegal drugs.

Officers acting on intelligence carried Operation Impact at three properties this morning, including a shop on the Promenade.

Police forced entry into a shop on the Promenade and seized class C and B drugs as well as a counterfeiting machine

Police forced entry into a shop on the Promenade and seized class C and B drugs as well as a counterfeiting machine

A police spokesman said: "The first two warrants were executed at linked addresses on Pasture Rise and Wellington Street in the town. Cannabis was seized and a 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug. The man was subsequently issued a caution."

The third warrant was executed at a shop on the Promenade and a quantity of Class B and C drugs were recovered.

A Counterfeiting machine was also seized from the property.

Operation Impact is focused on tackling drug dealing and organised crime across the Humberside Police area.

Police attempted to contact the owner before forcing entry

Police attempted to contact the owner before forcing entry

The force said not only do drugs destroy people's lives, but the use of violence and exploitation of the vulnerable are also directly linked to such crime.

Chief Superintendent Scot Young said: “Organised crime groups cause undoubted harm to the community and for this reason tackling them is a force priority.

“They are often responsible for supplying and dealing harmful drugs from local addresses which then become a magnate for associated crime and anti-social behaviour. If unchecked this leads to a decline in whole neighbourhoods, which is not acceptable.

“They also commit a disproportionate amount of violence across the force. Investigations into these are often complex and difficult due to both parties being linked with criminality. In many cases these groups also exploit vulnerable people to commit criminality on their behalf.

The enforcer used to break down a door at the rear of the shop

The enforcer used to break down a door at the rear of the shop

“During Operation Impact we are saying enough is enough. The force and the wider community safety partnership will be coming together in making a difference by dismantling their operations, disrupt their offending, arresting offenders and letting the community know that we are taking positive action to make Humberside safer.

“In order to bring offenders to justice, target addresses linked to criminality and make a difference we need the continued support of the public with any information about offenders and suspect addresses. This can be done by calling the non-emergency number 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”