A HUMBERSIDE police sniffer dog identified four people in possession of drugs at last weekend’s Brid Bash – and visited a further five pubs in the town.
Insp Grant Taylor, who recently took over the role of head of Bridlington’s Neighbourhood Policing Team, confirmed the dog was out with officers last Saturday evening.
He said: “One of my key priorities since coming to Bridlington is to combat drug dealing and possession, and this exercise helps us show a visible deterrent to those who carry drugs in the town.
“I would like to thank the management team at the Spa, who were hugely supportive.
“They want the Brid Bash to be a family friendly event and so do we, and also to the licensees at the premises we visited.
“We received some excellent feedback from members of the public who were pleased to see the police taking action.”
Insp Taylor confirmed that four individuals had been found in possession of drugs, and were being dealt with by the criminal justice system, while searches of the five licensed premises did not find any further incidents of possession.
“This shows that Bridlington is a relatively safe place to go out on an evening, but we will continue using a range of tactics to combat the problem.
“It is a priority alongside burglary, shop theft and anti-social behaviour,” he said.
Andrew Aldis, general manager at the Spa, said: “We had a drugs dog in the foyer for the first time because the key thing here is we want parents to bring their families in and be confident that this is a safe place to come.
“By having drugs dogs in the foyer they can be confident there are no drugs in the building.”