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Police run targeted campaign at drug dealers

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Dyfed-Powys Police is coming down hard on drug dealers living in Powys and those crossing the Powys border to supply illegal drugs to communities.

A targeted operation has been running for a week involving teams from roads policing, offender management, response and neighbourhood policing to tackle this issue.

Using intelligence gathered from community concerns, monitoring of police systems and analysis of criminal activity, officers have been carrying out targeted stop searches of vehicles and people suspected of being involved in the transportation, supply and use of drugs.

Activity has included: searching cars and individuals resulting in arrests; vehicles and drugs subsequently being seized and taking enforcement action regarding vehicle defects and other traffic offences. To date the operation has resulted in the arrest of 16 people with a number of others being subject to voluntary interviews.

A number of search warrants have been carried out and more than 50 intelligence led stop-searches carried out.

Inspector Andrew Pitt has been leading the operation for Powys division of Dyfed-Powys Police. He said: “Drug suppliers seem to think they are safe to cross the border into Powys and target drug users and some of the more vulnerable members of our community, supplying them with illegal substances and taking advantage of their vulnerability.

“Op Cleopatra is coming down hard on criminals in our area, disrupting their activity and drug supply as much as possible for the good of our local communities in Powys.
“We are not a soft touch: we are continuously gathering intelligence and we will continue with this approach to keep travelling criminals out and prosecute offences.

“I would urge any members of the public who believe drug dealing or cultivating is taking place in their community to report their concerns to the police. Signs of drug dealing could be: permanently closed curtains; comings and goings of strangers from a property; or someone living beyond their means with expensive cars, jewellery or lots of cash amongst other indicators.”

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Brechfa rave: Locals urged not to ‘take matters into their own hands’

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POLICE currently monitoring a large gathering in the Brechfa area have urged local residents to let them deal with the matter.

When Dyfed-Powys Police became aware of the illegal rave in the early hours of Sunday morning, the event was already well under way.

Due to the number of people involved, and the safety concerns of breaking up an event of this size in a remote location, the decision was taken to prioritise disrupting and stopping any further people entering.

A spokesperson for Dyfed Powys Police said: “A police presence is being maintained today and the gathering is being closely monitored continuously, in order to minimise disruption to the local community. Officers are liaising with concerned residents in the area. The National Police Air Service also assisted this morning to gather further intelligence and evidence.

“This type of event causes considerable anxiety and distress to the community. There is little doubt that these types of events are very well planned, organised and that local knowledge is important in drawing down the main group to a particular ‘vulnerable’ field, or area of land.

“We assure local communities that appropriate action is being taken to disrupt and deal with this event, and we will robustly investigate any criminal offences discovered.

“We understand the strength of feelings in respect of this, but we urge locals not to take matters into their own hands, and let the police deal with it. We do not want potential attendees to the gathering to be under any illusions either – do not travel to the area as officers are there and you will be turned away.”

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Brechfa rave: Locals urged not to ‘take matters into their own hands’

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POLICE currently monitoring a large gathering in the Brechfa area have urged local residents to let them deal with the matter.

When Dyfed-Powys Police became aware of the illegal rave in the early hours of Sunday morning, the event was already well under way.

Due to the number of people involved, and the safety concerns of breaking up an event of this size in a remote location, the decision was taken to prioritise disrupting and stopping any further people entering.

A spokesperson for Dyfed Powys Police said: “A police presence is being maintained today and the gathering is being closely monitored continuously, in order to minimise disruption to the local community. Officers are liaising with concerned residents in the area. The National Police Air Service also assisted this morning to gather further intelligence and evidence.

“This type of event causes considerable anxiety and distress to the community. There is little doubt that these types of events are very well planned, organised and that local knowledge is important in drawing down the main group to a particular ‘vulnerable’ field, or area of land.

“We assure local communities that appropriate action is being taken to disrupt and deal with this event, and we will robustly investigate any criminal offences discovered.

“We understand the strength of feelings in respect of this, but we urge locals not to take matters into their own hands, and let the police deal with it. We do not want potential attendees to the gathering to be under any illusions either – do not travel to the area as officers are there and you will be turned away.”

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Police trying to track stolen tanker

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating the theft of a fuel tanker containing approximately 8,500 litres of diesel (4,000 litres of red diesel and 4,500 litres of white diesel).

The vehicle was taken from Tan Y Foel Quarry, Cefn Coch, Welshpool, between 5.30pm on Wednesday, May 23 and 6am on Thursday, May 24.

The police are asking people to see if the tanker is now in this area.

Anyone with information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to report it by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908, quoting Ref: DPP/0006/24/05/2018/01/C.

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