Police target rising gang crime in Rugby - The Rugby Observer

Police target rising gang crime in Rugby

Rugby Editorial 18th May, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

CRIMINAL gangs, drugs and violence in Rugby are being targeted by a major police operation which went public this week.

Operation Guardian – which has so far led to 29 arrests and the seizure of £62,000 worth of drugs and cash – was launched in March to combat organised crime.

Officers are now appealing to Rugbeians for information as the operation goes public.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Harrison said organised crime groups had increasingly been coming into the town from elsewhere in recent months.

He said: “We will be targeting them and doing everything possible to make the place as hostile as possible.

“We have been carrying out warrants, drug dog and licensing operations, and vehicle stops and searches, all targeted at identified individuals.

“We have already taken great strides in disrupting organised crime groups in Rugby over the past few weeks – but the long-term success of the operation will involve the cooperation of the local community.

“We will act upon all intelligence and I would encourage anyone with information to contact us.”

The operation is supported by local organisations including Orbit Housing, The Recovery Partnership, Rugby Borough Council, Rugby Community Safety Partnership and Warwickshire County Council.

Kevin Ruddock from The Recovery Partnership said: “It is important that we work with the other agencies involved to offer support to people who are reliant on drugs. This will help them to overcome their addiction and ensure that the demand for drugs in Rugby reduces.”

Keith Newell, manager of the Rugby Community Safety Partnership, said: “There have been recent examples of serious violent crimes in Rugby, a number of which have been linked to organised crime groups trying to establish themselves in the town.

“We are on their case and will pursue them relentlessly with the considerable resources and powers at our disposal.”

Call 101 and quote ‘Operation Guardian’ to report concerns about violent or drug-related organised crime in Rugby.

Contact The Recovery Partnership at www.cw-recovery.org.uk or 01788 569582 for help with drug addiction.


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