Police seize haul of class A drugs and arrest five men in Dorchester operation

Bournemouth Echo: OPERATION: A general view of part of Challacombe Street in Poundbury OPERATION: A general view of part of Challacombe Street in Poundbury

POLICE have seized a large amount of Class A drugs and arrested five men in a major drugs operation in Dorchester.

Officers swooped on an address in Challacombe Street, Poundbury, and searched other properties in the area.

Five men were arrested and have since been released on bail while inquiries continue.

A car was also searched in the operation which took place on Friday afternoon and continued into the evening.

Officers recovered substances, believed to be Class A controlled drugs, from a vehicle and at the property in Poundbury.

DC Mark Price, of Poole CID where the investigation is being dealt with by the Major Crime Unit, said: “A large quantity of drugs, believed to be Class A, have been seized from an address in Challacombe Street, Pound-bury.

“Five persons were subsequently arrested and have since been interviewed and released on bail.

“The investigation is very much ongoing at this time.”

The operation comes as residents express fears over a rise in crime generally in Poundbury, Prince Charles’s model estate.

Margaret Morrissey, chairman of Poundbury Residents’ Association, said there had been a rise in crime in the Poundbury area in recent weeks.

She said: “I was aware there were issues going on with the police in this area.

“There’s been a spate in the last few weeks and we’ve seen a change not just in Poundbury but around Bridport Road and Maud Road.

“Every other day there is some sort of incident, we get a huge amount of burglaries and I’ve contacted the police about it.

“Crime has been on the rise in the area. Five years ago there was nothing and I felt safe to leave the back door unlocked when I went out but now I wouldn’t feel safe doing that even if I was in the house.”

Mrs Morrissey added: “I don’t think this incident in Poundbury is exclusive, I expect there are many other streets in Dorchester where you could go and make similar arrests.

“It seems as if the area has been targeted and it could be drugs related.

“We should all be very concerned about what’s happening in Dorchester.

“I think we have got to be very careful in the town because it’s such a lovely place and we are used to nothing like this happening.”

‘ A Blight On Our Society’

West Dorset district councillor and Dorchester Town Crier Alistair Chisholm said: “Drugs are a blight on our society, particularly for young people who can go well astray if they get tempted into drugs at an early age.

“It can destroy lives and families. Drug problems are very widespread and this shows that despite the quiet attractiveness of a small market town like Dorchester it’s in no way free from this very, very nasty business.

“We can all be vigilant and honest enough to accept that our community can suffer as much as other urban ones.”

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11:49am Mon 12 Nov 12

max planck says...

Is Poundbury turning into Littlemoor?
Is Poundbury turning into Littlemoor? max planck

12:10pm Mon 12 Nov 12

whatever66 says...

Actually i cant believe this lately 12 arrests all class A in the last couple of weeks 7 in weymouth 5 in dorch, All on bail.... a couple of years ago they was throwing people in prison for supplying canabis with no bail..... Class A is heroin cocaine crack nice people to be set free straight away on to our streets i think they should all be thrown in jail and kept there until there sentances are finished maybe then we would have less addicts on our streets less crime as they wouldnt have to go out rob steal or do a burglary to fund there habbits at the cost of the victims who just want a peaceful life.......... As for the George on the harbour werent they the landlords of the jersey tavern and just how they got there licence for there is a joke as he was all ready convicted of selling cocaine
obviously they never learnt there lesson the first time round lets just throw away the keys as they obviously dont deserve to be in our society .......
Actually i cant believe this lately 12 arrests all class A in the last couple of weeks 7 in weymouth 5 in dorch, All on bail.... a couple of years ago they was throwing people in prison for supplying canabis with no bail..... Class A is heroin cocaine crack nice people to be set free straight away on to our streets i think they should all be thrown in jail and kept there until there sentances are finished maybe then we would have less addicts on our streets less crime as they wouldnt have to go out rob steal or do a burglary to fund there habbits at the cost of the victims who just want a peaceful life.......... As for the George on the harbour werent they the landlords of the jersey tavern and just how they got there licence for there is a joke as he was all ready convicted of selling cocaine obviously they never learnt there lesson the first time round lets just throw away the keys as they obviously dont deserve to be in our society ....... whatever66

1:06pm Mon 12 Nov 12

cecilbdoomil says...

How many of them in social housing/rented for benefits?
How many of them in social housing/rented for benefits? cecilbdoomil

1:44pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Fred Kite says...

cecilbdoomil wrote:
How many of them in social housing/rented for benefits?
Perfect way to launder drug money is to buy property, then continue to trade in drugs and buy more and so it continues.
[quote][p][bold]cecilbdoomil[/bold] wrote: How many of them in social housing/rented for benefits?[/p][/quote]Perfect way to launder drug money is to buy property, then continue to trade in drugs and buy more and so it continues. Fred Kite

4:54pm Mon 12 Nov 12

jmc1 says...

cecilbdoomil wrote:
How many of them in social housing/rented for benefits?
There you go again,people on benefits and in rented accomadation,I wish we were all as perfect as you.
[quote][p][bold]cecilbdoomil[/bold] wrote: How many of them in social housing/rented for benefits?[/p][/quote]There you go again,people on benefits and in rented accomadation,I wish we were all as perfect as you. jmc1

5:12pm Mon 12 Nov 12

CoogarUK.com says...

I wish the police would hurry up & get their arses round to Cambridge Road!
I wish the police would hurry up & get their arses round to Cambridge Road! CoogarUK.com

9:28pm Mon 12 Nov 12

JamesYoung says...

jmc1 wrote:
cecilbdoomil wrote:
How many of them in social housing/rented for benefits?
There you go again,people on benefits and in rented accomadation,I wish we were all as perfect as you.
Nonetheless, there is social housing in Challacombe Street....
[quote][p][bold]jmc1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cecilbdoomil[/bold] wrote: How many of them in social housing/rented for benefits?[/p][/quote]There you go again,people on benefits and in rented accomadation,I wish we were all as perfect as you.[/p][/quote]Nonetheless, there is social housing in Challacombe Street.... JamesYoung

10:04pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Get a grip says...

If I had to live in Upper Victoria Park I would need to take something.
If I had to live in Upper Victoria Park I would need to take something. Get a grip

12:14am Tue 13 Nov 12

tackleberry says...

Brings a new meaning to the slang term 'Charlievill'
Brings a new meaning to the slang term 'Charlievill' tackleberry

8:07am Tue 13 Nov 12

Dorset Boy says...

CoogarUK.com wrote:
I wish the police would hurry up & get their arses round to Cambridge Road!
Also Mill st area of Fordington
[quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: I wish the police would hurry up & get their arses round to Cambridge Road![/p][/quote]Also Mill st area of Fordington Dorset Boy

9:58am Tue 13 Nov 12

thetiger says...

Unfortunately Poundbury has priced local people out of the property market, hence the number of incomers from London and surrounding area. As a result they've also imported crime. It was a bad idea building this project, particularly when it was implied the houses would be affordable homes. Maybe affordable for Londoners, but certainly not for the young locals. As a result we now have another troubled housing estate and the stigma that goes with it.
Unfortunately Poundbury has priced local people out of the property market, hence the number of incomers from London and surrounding area. As a result they've also imported crime. It was a bad idea building this project, particularly when it was implied the houses would be affordable homes. Maybe affordable for Londoners, but certainly not for the young locals. As a result we now have another troubled housing estate and the stigma that goes with it. thetiger

8:37pm Tue 13 Nov 12

conthedon says...

thetiger wrote:
Unfortunately Poundbury has priced local people out of the property market, hence the number of incomers from London and surrounding area. As a result they've also imported crime. It was a bad idea building this project, particularly when it was implied the houses would be affordable homes. Maybe affordable for Londoners, but certainly not for the young locals. As a result we now have another troubled housing estate and the stigma that goes with it.
Haha, laughable argument.

Poundbury has a decent quota of both social, shared ownership and affordable housing and most of the Londoners that I've met on the estate are retirees.

It's no more troubled a housing estate than any other - unfortunately drug problems are not confined to 'bad areas' only nowadays and the only stigma comes from misinformed people like you........
[quote][p][bold]thetiger[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately Poundbury has priced local people out of the property market, hence the number of incomers from London and surrounding area. As a result they've also imported crime. It was a bad idea building this project, particularly when it was implied the houses would be affordable homes. Maybe affordable for Londoners, but certainly not for the young locals. As a result we now have another troubled housing estate and the stigma that goes with it.[/p][/quote]Haha, laughable argument. Poundbury has a decent quota of both social, shared ownership and affordable housing and most of the Londoners that I've met on the estate are retirees. It's no more troubled a housing estate than any other - unfortunately drug problems are not confined to 'bad areas' only nowadays and the only stigma comes from misinformed people like you........ conthedon

1:46pm Wed 14 Nov 12

lexilowtime says...

do u know what. everyone says that its people in social/rented for benefits housing and brand us all with the same brush. well i have news for u. not all of us are like that. yes there are some but i think there are working people with posh little houses that do that sort of thing to. oh and for your information, people, some of us council housed people, yh we go to college or are too ill to work. or some of us cant find a job because of the latest econimy drops. just remember that when you say its all us. im sick of people thinking they are better than us just cuse they have jobs or a big house. sometimes that doesnt stop people. hypocrits
do u know what. everyone says that its people in social/rented for benefits housing and brand us all with the same brush. well i have news for u. not all of us are like that. yes there are some but i think there are working people with posh little houses that do that sort of thing to. oh and for your information, people, some of us council housed people, yh we go to college or are too ill to work. or some of us cant find a job because of the latest econimy drops. just remember that when you say its all us. im sick of people thinking they are better than us just cuse they have jobs or a big house. sometimes that doesnt stop people. hypocrits lexilowtime

2:37pm Wed 14 Nov 12

whatever66 says...

lexilowtime wrote:
do u know what. everyone says that its people in social/rented for benefits housing and brand us all with the same brush. well i have news for u. not all of us are like that. yes there are some but i think there are working people with posh little houses that do that sort of thing to. oh and for your information, people, some of us council housed people, yh we go to college or are too ill to work. or some of us cant find a job because of the latest econimy drops. just remember that when you say its all us. im sick of people thinking they are better than us just cuse they have jobs or a big house. sometimes that doesnt stop people. hypocrits
well said............
[quote][p][bold]lexilowtime[/bold] wrote: do u know what. everyone says that its people in social/rented for benefits housing and brand us all with the same brush. well i have news for u. not all of us are like that. yes there are some but i think there are working people with posh little houses that do that sort of thing to. oh and for your information, people, some of us council housed people, yh we go to college or are too ill to work. or some of us cant find a job because of the latest econimy drops. just remember that when you say its all us. im sick of people thinking they are better than us just cuse they have jobs or a big house. sometimes that doesnt stop people. hypocrits[/p][/quote]well said............ whatever66

6:57pm Wed 14 Nov 12

A.Hollis says...

It doesn't get away from the fact that Poundbury is becoming the social armpit of Dorset and what we think we can do about it. I agree that the vision was to build a community where people could feel free to come and go as they wish but the drugs problem up there is soon going to turn people away and more importantly it will soon force people to move out.
It doesn't get away from the fact that Poundbury is becoming the social armpit of Dorset and what we think we can do about it. I agree that the vision was to build a community where people could feel free to come and go as they wish but the drugs problem up there is soon going to turn people away and more importantly it will soon force people to move out. A.Hollis

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