The fight against drugs: The facts

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A new top cop in charge of policing villages near to Belper has pledged to combat drugs and anti-social behaviour in the area.

Sgt Stacey Hamlett is now in overall charge of the Safer Neighbourhood teams patrolling Crich, Whatstandwell and Pentrich.

And one of his first jobs in post was to reassure residents that he will be taking a hard line on the supply and use of illegal drugs.

Sgt. Hamlett said: “During the past few weeks I’ve been busy getting to know the communities which my teams serve and finding out about local issues.

“Our main priorities are to work in partnership with other local agencies to target anti-social behaviour, to offer community reassurance and to reduce any issues related to illegal drug use and supply.

“My officers and I will continue to provide a visible presence in the local area and help make our area a safer and more pleasant place for everyone.”

Sgt. Stacey Hamlett, who has been a police officer for more than 12 years, first started his career in Swadlincote.

However, he has been based in the Amber Valley area since 2007, working as a response officer and also in a role developing community intelligence in the area.

In his new role he will also be responsible for teams in Alfreton, Somercotes, Riddings, South Normanton, Pinxton, South Wingfield, Dethick and the surrounding areas.

Latest statistics show there were two violent crimes and one incident which involved anti-social behaviour dealt with by police in Crich during August.

Meanwhile, in Whatstandwell during the same month there were two violent crimes, one anti-social beahviour incident and one theft.

Elsewhere in the whole of Belper during August there was 37 anti-social behaviour incidents, 14 thefts and seven burglaries.

During August it was revealed that cocaine with a street value of up to £500,000 had been foundstashed inside a shipping container at John Smedley Limited in Lea.The bag was found sitting on top a pile of yarn which was being delivered to the factory by a third party lorry company.

To contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team call 101, the non emergency number for Derbyshire police.