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Thirteen arrested in south Cumbria crime crackdown

Police van backPolice in south Cumbria have made 13 arrests as part of a proactive operation to tackle crime and associated disorder.

Officers and staff from departments across the Constabulary focused on criminals who target the most vulnerable in our communities, such as drug dealers and burglars.

The second operation of its kind in South Cumbria, named Operation Quadrant, also involved action to prevent and detect offences involving the use of alcohol, and targeted motorists who use roads in an unsafe manner.

During the 12-day operation warrants were executed on nine addresses where cash and controlled drugs such as heroin, cannabis and cocaine were seized to the combined street value of £6,000. Stolen property worth £3,000 was also seized by officers.

Of the 13 people arrested, four were charged with offences, with one person bailed and a further seven released under investigation. The remaining person was cautioned.

Details of those charged:

Callum Monk, 27, of Ramsden Street, Barrow, was charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs following a raid in Barrow on Monday March 27th. (He pleaded guilty at court and will be sentenced on April 28th)

Jonathan Calvert, 31, of Stricklandgate, Kendal and Sean Till, 23, of Prescot Road, Liverpool were arrested for Conspiracy to Supply Class A in Kendal on Tuesday March 28th.  They were both charged with Conspiracy to Supply Class A heroin and crack between the 12th March and the 29th March.

Mark Ledsome, 23, from Westminster Road, Liverpool, was arrested in Barrow on Thursday March 30th and charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs (heroin).

Chief Inspector Matt Pearman said: “During the operation officers from numerous policing departments worked together in a proactive approach to tackle crime in south Cumbria. It is fantastic to see that the positive results demonstrate how effective Operation Quadrant is at tackling criminals. Once again it’s been a great success.

“While tackling crime is our core day-to-day business, the operation allowed staff to be designated from around the Force in a joined up, targeted approach. This highlighted the enforcement arm of the Constabulary, and also demonstrated the importance of our community officers who build up links with local people and listen to their concerns.

“The number of arrests, seizures and other positive activity sends a strong message to criminals that there is nowhere to hide if they commit a crime in Cumbria – police will relentlessly pursue criminals and react to ensure they end up before the courts.”

Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall said: “This is another great example of effective, robust and joined-up policing at its best, and I’d like to pass on my thanks to those involved. Would-be criminals need to know that Cumbria will not tolerate their behaviour, and our constabulary will take it seriously and we will do all we can to bring offenders to justice.”

If you have information on suspicious activity in your area please contact police on 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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