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Round-up from earlier this week

Good afternoon. How are you all? Hope you’re okay. We just wanted to bring you a little round-up of just some of the activity of our officers and teams from earlier this week.

On Monday (24 June), the Neighbourhood Enforcement Team completed an operation in the Eastleigh and Hedge End areas.

Here’s just a few of the many things they dealt with during the course of the day…

• A 13-year-old boy and 15-year-old boy, both from West Sussex, were located during the morning and returned home, but not before one of them – the 15-year-old - was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place. He has since been released under investigation, pending further enquiries. A 10cm bladed butterfly knife was also seized by officers. Another potentially dangerous weapon off the streets.

• At around midday, officers stopped to share some crime prevention advice with a moped owner in Hedge End. While chatting to the individual, suspicions were raised and a subsequent search took place, resulting in the man, a 21-year-old from Southampton, suddenly making off from police. He was quickly located and arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class A. A dog handler and dog unit subsequently searched the local area, recovering 50 to 60 wraps of suspected Class A drugs. The man has been bailed until Saturday 24 September, pending further enquiries.

• Further stop searches were also completed and lots of intelligence gathered along the way.

Reflecting on the op, Eastleigh Inspector, Andy Mooge, said: “This operation proved another big success for our district, and there will be more to come in the near future.

“As well as all of the enforcement detailed above, the officers also engaged heavily with the local community, listening to concerns, answering questions, sharing advice and gathering intelligence which can be developed going forward.

“We will continue to work tirelessly to make our area a hostile environment for criminals and will continue to relentlessly pursue those who are offending here.

“As well as 101, those who wish to share information with us can do so by contacting Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

“If you are a young person, you can also share information via Fearless. Please see the below link.”

Give information about crime 100% anonymously | Fearless | Crimestoppers (crimestoppers-uk.org)

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