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Drugs Calls Up

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Calls to Crimestoppers giving information about drugs have almost doubled since April, according to latest figures for the West Midlands.

During the same period arrests for trafficking in Class A drugs – heroin and cocaine – have gone up by over a third, from 416 to 567 (36.3 per cent). Between April and December there were 1,234 calls to the Crimestoppers hotline, compared to just 54 during the same period last year. The increase in calls follows the launch of the Birmingham Communities Against Drugs (CAD) initiative, which encourages residents and organisations to work together to tackle drugs in the city. CAD is part of the Drug Action Team, a city-wide partnership made up of agencies including the four primary care trusts, Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Police, the Probation Service, the Drug Prevention and Advisory Service and local voluntary organisations and community groups.

What they say

West Midlands Police spokesman, Chief Inspector Steve Glover, said: “It is encouraging to see this increase in calls to Crimestoppers relating to drugs. Many of these calls are from local people who are simply fed up with drug dealing in their community and want to do something about it.” The increase in calls follow a number of high profile raids by police across the West Midlands targeting alleged drug dealers. At the beginning of December officers carried out a large-scale series of dawn raids in Castle Vale and north Birmingham and arrested 16 people on suspicion of drug dealing and handling stolen goods. The intelligence-led operation, funded by Birmingham CAD, was the result of a 12-month covert police operation. People with information about drugs – or any crime – can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Callers can remain anonymous and will not be asked for their name, address or telephone number. Calls to Crimestoppers are not recorded are not traced and details of calls made do appear on a telephone bill.

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