Drug supplies dry up following police raids

PUBLISHED: 19:36 13 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:52 15 June 2010

DRUG users in Axminster are struggling to find their next hit thanks to police efforts to knock out supplies.

DRUG users in Axminster are struggling to find their next hit - thanks to police efforts to knock out supplies.PC Darren Herridge reported during the monthly town council meeting on Monday that police had executed numerous warrants and seized large quantities of drugs.He said: "The first few weeks of the New Year have been very busy, with new drug warrants. "We had two or three at Millwey Rise and South Street."We seized quite large quantities of drugs, including cannabis and class A drugs like heroin."The feedback from drug users is that it's become difficult to get hold of heroin recently - due to the work we are doing with the target team in Exmouth."He added there had been two or three drug users responsible for a lot of criminal activity in town, including theft."But at least one of them has moved to Chard," he said. "Displacement is one way of curing it, unfortunately."According to police figures, recorded crime in Axminster was down by 83 from 310 last year - nearly a quarter reduction.PC Herridge added: "There's no room for complacency. There's still crime out there and we are looking to reduce it."Theft was reported as the biggest crime, accounting for almost a third of the figures. Criminal damage continues to be a problem, with 56 incidents reported.PC Herridge reported two men had recently been arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.

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