Landlords praise drugs clampdown in pubs and clubs across North East Lincolnshire
AN OPERATION to crack down on drugs in pubs and clubs across North East Lincolnshire has been welcomed with support from licensees.
Three venues in Immingham – The County Hotel, in Pelham Road, The De Kyme Hotel, in Wash Dyke Lane and The Bluestone, in Bluestone Lane – were visited on Saturday by officers from Humberside Police in an operation codenamed Ferret.
Its aim is to target those intent on dealing and supplying drugs in pubs and clubs.
No arrests were made, but a number of people were searched.
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Landlords said they supported the operation, which saw a large number of special constables, supported by police officers and drugs dog Eddie, carrying out random raids.
Willie Weir, landlord of the County Hotel, said: “This is the first time we have had this and I think it is absolutely fantastic.
“I feel supportive of this and I am totally against drugs.”
Andy Clennett, landlord of the Bluestone, added: “This is fabulous and we are fine with it.”
Humberside Police licensing officer Ken Stone said more raids would be taking place this year.
He said: “We are out here in support of the licensees with the specials tonight so, financially, it is not costing the public anything.”
Officers arrived at the County Hotel at about 8.30pm and, following the first raid, went on to The De Kyme Hotel and The Bluestone.
None of the venues were given prior notice to the raids taking place and measures were taken to make sure the public were not aware of the raids beforehand.
A total of 26 special constables were involved in the operation, which means the majority of officers were there voluntarily.