Police have arrested a man and seized suspected drugs after an off-duty officer spotted what he thought was a drug deal in Bath yesterday, Wednesday 24th May.
The detective constable (DC) was walking in Englishcombe Lane just before 11am when he spotted two men behaving suspiciously.
When one of the men got into a car parked nearby, the DC approached the vehicle and identified himself as a police officer.
The man got out of the car, pushed the officer and ran. The officer followed him, calling for on-duty colleagues to attend to help look for the suspect and search the vehicle.
Officers seized a number of wraps of white powder found next to and inside the car, as well as cash and a knife.
A suspect was arrested in a nearby garden at around 11.40am following a call from a member of the public reporting someone hiding there.
Subsequently officers seized an estimated further 300 wraps found in a hedgerow in Englishcombe Lane.
A 21-year-old man from London, arrested on suspicion of supplying cocaine and assaulting a police officer, was later released under investigation pending further enquiries.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Jon Raisey said: “This just goes to show that our officers are prepared to tackle crime whenever they see it.
Once again a call from a member of the public reporting a suspicious incident has helped us make an arrest – and we’re always grateful for your support.
“Drug dealing can bring anti-social behaviour, litter and other crime. We want to hear from anyone who feels something isn’t right when it comes to unusual activity or who has any other information.
“You can tell us through our online form, www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact, or by calling 101.”
Anyone who does not want to speak to the police directly can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers www.crimestoppers-uk.org on 0800 555 111.
They never ask your name or trace your call. You can even receive a reward and still remain anonymous.
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