Cops crackdown on ‘acquisitive’ crime

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A police campaign focusing on burglary, theft from vehicles and shoplifting in Amber Valley has so far seen 25 people arrested.

Since Monday, May 13, when Operation Impact began, there have been a total of 11 warrants carried out in the area, 25 people arrested and 13 people brought before court to pay outstanding fines.

Detective Chief Inspector Sean Dawson said: “The community are our eyes and ears, and we want people to come forward and tell us about what is happening in their area, whether they have noticed suspicious activity, have information or think someone in their area could be involved with crime.”

A 49 year old man was arrested and charged with going equipped to steal after he was stopped just after 4am on Wednesday, May 22, on Calke Rise, Ripley. Gary Walton, of Derby Road, Ripley, appeared before Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court later that day and was remanded in custody until August.

A 23 year old man was arrested on suspicion of possession to intent to supply a Class A drug, following a warrant at a house on Nottingham Road, Ripley. Officers searched the house on Friday, May 24 and seized a quantity of what is thought to be cocaine. The man has been questioned and released on bail pending further enquiries.

On Friday, May 31, a 31 year old man and a 32 year old woman were arrested at Wilmot Street, Heanor, on suspicion of possession of M-Cat and both have been bailed.