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More arrests made in Swindon as police crack down on drugs gangs

Another 11 people have been arrested in Swindon in a major crackdown on drugs gangs, taking the total number detained this week to 33.

Wiltshire Police say around 50 officers are involved in the operation, which has seen people arrested every day this week.

One of those detained in the latest wave of arrests yesterday was a 16-year-old boy, who police suspect is involved in the supply of class A drugs.

It is all part of an extensive operation targeting county lines gangs, where urban criminal networks expand into smaller towns and rural areas.

Following raids earlier this week two people have been charged with drug offences.

They are Connor Cahill who's 20 and of no fixed address, and 46-year-old Sean Drayton, he's from Penhill Drive.

They have both appeared at Swindon Magistrates Court charged with supplying class A drugs.

“I hope that our continued efforts to target those involved in county lines is sending a reassuring message to the public who no doubt have concerns about drug supply and violence in their communities," Detective Inspector Paul Franklin said.

“It will no doubt be concerning to hear that our arrests include those as young as 16 – I’m keen to point out that our work also focuses on prevention and protection, and trying to stop the exploitation of these young and vulnerable people who get caught up with drug networks. 

"We will continue to work with our partners in the local authority, schools and colleges to ensure we are all playing our part in tackling county lines.”

If you have information about drug dealing in your area there are options available for reporting.

You can call the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency or go to  www.wiltshire.police.uk where you can report anonymously.

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit the young people's website Fearless.org

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