Crackdown on yobs in Buxton

A POLICE operation to target crime and anti-social behaviour in the town centre has helped to keep Buxton safe during the summer.

The campaign, which took place on selected days throughout July and August, involved a mixture of high visibility and covert police patrols by the Buxton Safer Neighbourhood Policing teams and response officers.

During the operation 13 people were searched, three people were arrested for possession of cannabis and two people were arrested for shoplifting.

One of the searches led to a house on West Road where 200 plants, believed to be cannabis, were found.

Team Sergeant Mark Wright said: “This was a successful operation and shows that our team is committed to ensuring that Buxton continues to be a safe place to live, work and visit.

“We can and will use any tactic, including covert patrols, to help target criminality and the message is clear that if you are involved in crime then we are determined to ensure that you are investigated and put before the courts.”

Officers hope to carry out the campaign, named Operation Cracker, again in future months.

l Investigations are currently being carried out into the suspected cannabis which was found at the house on West Road on Thursday, July 28.

A 42-year-old man from Buxton was arrested on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis and later bailed pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to call Derbyshire police’s non emergency number on 0345 123 33 33 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.