Residents’ relief over Southend drugs raid blitz

Residents’ relief over Southend raid blitz

Residents’ relief over Southend raid blitz

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RESIDENTS who have endured months of drug dealing in their streets were visibly relieved after police moved in and hauled off dozens of offenders during a two day operation.

Grateful residents in central Southend revealed they had been calling police for months about dealers who caused mayhem after basing themselves in their streets.

Many said they had endured years of antisocial behaviour.

Families looked on with relief as hordes of officers in riot gear stormed flats and houses during the South Essex-wide Operation Erasure on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Those in the Kursaal ward claimed to see drugs runners and dealers “every minute of the day” and said the problem had escalated.

More than ten officers barged into two properties with battering rams simultaneously in Albert Road, Southend at about 9.30am yesterday.

After shouting “police” at those inside, screams and shouts could be heard from occupants.

Residents of Albert Road stopped in the street to see what was going on.

Joanne Smith, 45, said: “People are phoning the council and police every day. It’s been going on for months. There are domestic arguments and screaming at the top of their lungs.

“There are drugs coming and going and antisocial behaviour.

“They have lashed out at public property in the street when they get angry. It’s wonderful to have the police here sorting it out.”

Stuart Sargent, 30, said: “They raided two houses. but the problems only really come from one of the houses. It’s been going on for years.

“They are going up and down the road all the time. It’s all day every minute of the day, there are people coming in and out doing drug deals at the bottom of the road.

“This is the first time in three years we have seen a raid. I’m glad it’s happened, but give it a week and they will be doing it again.”

Another neighbour, who didn’t want to be named, said: “There are too many drunks and druggies here. They put too many in the hostels and houses of multiple occupancy and they clash.”

Nearby York Road was the scene of a murder investigation last week when 26-year-old Hassan Mohammed Ibrahim died after being stabbed.

Tom Prescott, 25, of Albert Road, said: “When the murder happened there were lots of police going around, but they were obviously concentrating on the murder investigation so it’s really good to have so many here.”

A resident from Christchurch Court, off Southchurch Road, where another drugs raid was carried out, who also asked not to be named said: “There is drug dealing around here. We have a spate, it goes but then it comes back again. Most people around here are nice people, but the flats are a walk-through for people so bad things happen here.

Unfortunately drugs will always be a problem, wherever you go.”

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8:45am Fri 18 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

you can't polish a turd, there'll be plenty of takers waiting to take advantage of this new business opportunity, created by essex police....... should have left it alone, better the devil........
you can't polish a turd, there'll be plenty of takers waiting to take advantage of this new business opportunity, created by essex police....... should have left it alone, better the devil........ pembury53
  • Score: -16

9:35am Fri 18 Jul 14

John Right says...

Good to see this show of force, targeting those druggie scumbags..
Good to see this show of force, targeting those druggie scumbags.. John Right
  • Score: 14

9:37am Fri 18 Jul 14

Nebs says...

I wonder if any of the people arrested for the stabbing grassed the drug dealers up in the hope of a lighter sentence.
I wonder if any of the people arrested for the stabbing grassed the drug dealers up in the hope of a lighter sentence. Nebs
  • Score: 5

10:58am Fri 18 Jul 14

Saxonpride says...

If we brought back public corporal punishment, such as flogging or the stocks, you'd quickly watch these reprobates consider new lines of work. Arresting them, feeding them into the prison system, it's not enough. They'll be back, and do it all over again, polluting our streets, corrupting our children, defiling our society.
I applaud the police for their hard work, but those higher up need to understand the cruel world we live in, and once more accept that only brutal, public justice can truly put fear into these parasites.
If we brought back public corporal punishment, such as flogging or the stocks, you'd quickly watch these reprobates consider new lines of work. Arresting them, feeding them into the prison system, it's not enough. They'll be back, and do it all over again, polluting our streets, corrupting our children, defiling our society. I applaud the police for their hard work, but those higher up need to understand the cruel world we live in, and once more accept that only brutal, public justice can truly put fear into these parasites. Saxonpride
  • Score: 11

11:10am Fri 18 Jul 14

Duckin666 says...

We called the police almost everyday for 3 months after a dealer living upstairs openly dealt on the street, threw needles out the windows, smashed peoples cars ect, the police never came out, not once! Glad to see they are finally pulling their fingers out
We called the police almost everyday for 3 months after a dealer living upstairs openly dealt on the street, threw needles out the windows, smashed peoples cars ect, the police never came out, not once! Glad to see they are finally pulling their fingers out Duckin666
  • Score: 0

3:07pm Fri 18 Jul 14

DAGASMAN says...

Saxonpride wrote:
If we brought back public corporal punishment, such as flogging or the stocks, you'd quickly watch these reprobates consider new lines of work. Arresting them, feeding them into the prison system, it's not enough. They'll be back, and do it all over again, polluting our streets, corrupting our children, defiling our society.
I applaud the police for their hard work, but those higher up need to understand the cruel world we live in, and once more accept that only brutal, public justice can truly put fear into these parasites.
In yemen you can get 30 years in jail for being caught with drugs. People in yemen still use drugs.
[quote][p][bold]Saxonpride[/bold] wrote: If we brought back public corporal punishment, such as flogging or the stocks, you'd quickly watch these reprobates consider new lines of work. Arresting them, feeding them into the prison system, it's not enough. They'll be back, and do it all over again, polluting our streets, corrupting our children, defiling our society. I applaud the police for their hard work, but those higher up need to understand the cruel world we live in, and once more accept that only brutal, public justice can truly put fear into these parasites.[/p][/quote]In yemen you can get 30 years in jail for being caught with drugs. People in yemen still use drugs. DAGASMAN
  • Score: 0

3:15pm Fri 18 Jul 14

DAGASMAN says...

If you take away the drugs, these people are still scumbags who will still act like scumbags, its not the fault of drugs
If you take away the drugs, these people are still scumbags who will still act like scumbags, its not the fault of drugs DAGASMAN
  • Score: 0

5:09pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Nebs says...

DAGASMAN wrote:
Saxonpride wrote:
If we brought back public corporal punishment, such as flogging or the stocks, you'd quickly watch these reprobates consider new lines of work. Arresting them, feeding them into the prison system, it's not enough. They'll be back, and do it all over again, polluting our streets, corrupting our children, defiling our society.
I applaud the police for their hard work, but those higher up need to understand the cruel world we live in, and once more accept that only brutal, public justice can truly put fear into these parasites.
In yemen you can get 30 years in jail for being caught with drugs. People in yemen still use drugs.
Your suggestion that we send all our druggies to Yemen, while undestandable, is a tad extreme.
[quote][p][bold]DAGASMAN[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saxonpride[/bold] wrote: If we brought back public corporal punishment, such as flogging or the stocks, you'd quickly watch these reprobates consider new lines of work. Arresting them, feeding them into the prison system, it's not enough. They'll be back, and do it all over again, polluting our streets, corrupting our children, defiling our society. I applaud the police for their hard work, but those higher up need to understand the cruel world we live in, and once more accept that only brutal, public justice can truly put fear into these parasites.[/p][/quote]In yemen you can get 30 years in jail for being caught with drugs. People in yemen still use drugs.[/p][/quote]Your suggestion that we send all our druggies to Yemen, while undestandable, is a tad extreme. Nebs
  • Score: 0

7:33pm Fri 18 Jul 14

1nails says...

THE POLICE ARREST THEM, AND THEN LET THEM OUT ON BAIL.........BACK TO SQUARE ONE.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THE POLICE ARREST THEM, AND THEN LET THEM OUT ON BAIL.........BACK TO SQUARE ONE.!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1nails
  • Score: 3

9:15pm Fri 18 Jul 14

TowerBlockDreams says...

They are talking about automatic 5 years sentences for carrying knives (Something I totally agree with) but if dealing drugs gave you an automatic 20 year sentence they would think twice I reckon, only last weekend I saw someone in York Road ask a complete stranger in the road "Do you know where I can get any brown" to my horror the man she asked then gave her an address! This was a mother with a pushchair! Until we stop giving people benefits for drug addiction and more to the point parents who have never worked a day in their along with those who are fit and able to do a job but choose not to, this problem will continue. Keep people busy with a 48 hour week of work for benefits and they will soon want paid work instead, that then leaves a lot less hours in the day for drug taking.
They are talking about automatic 5 years sentences for carrying knives (Something I totally agree with) but if dealing drugs gave you an automatic 20 year sentence they would think twice I reckon, only last weekend I saw someone in York Road ask a complete stranger in the road "Do you know where I can get any brown" to my horror the man she asked then gave her an address! This was a mother with a pushchair! Until we stop giving people benefits for drug addiction and more to the point parents who have never worked a day in their along with those who are fit and able to do a job but choose not to, this problem will continue. Keep people busy with a 48 hour week of work for benefits and they will soon want paid work instead, that then leaves a lot less hours in the day for drug taking. TowerBlockDreams
  • Score: 5

10:00pm Fri 18 Jul 14

andyman1971 says...

pembury53 wrote:
you can't polish a turd, there'll be plenty of takers waiting to take advantage of this new business opportunity, created by essex police....... should have left it alone, better the devil........
Is your name "RICK" with a silent "P" with comments like this it clearly is. Oh is it clock without the L, either way what a stupid thing to say!
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: you can't polish a turd, there'll be plenty of takers waiting to take advantage of this new business opportunity, created by essex police....... should have left it alone, better the devil........[/p][/quote]Is your name "RICK" with a silent "P" with comments like this it clearly is. Oh is it clock without the L, either way what a stupid thing to say! andyman1971
  • Score: 3

10:13pm Fri 18 Jul 14

the25man says...

Get the dealers hooked and OD all the addicts
Drugs are the bane our lives.
Get the dealers hooked and OD all the addicts Drugs are the bane our lives. the25man
  • Score: 4

11:48am Sat 19 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

andyman1971 wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
you can't polish a turd, there'll be plenty of takers waiting to take advantage of this new business opportunity, created by essex police....... should have left it alone, better the devil........
Is your name "RICK" with a silent "P" with comments like this it clearly is. Oh is it clock without the L, either way what a stupid thing to say!
shall i tell what's really 'stupid'..... believing that you can solve the drug problem through enforcement.... time will tell how stupid my comments were
[quote][p][bold]andyman1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: you can't polish a turd, there'll be plenty of takers waiting to take advantage of this new business opportunity, created by essex police....... should have left it alone, better the devil........[/p][/quote]Is your name "RICK" with a silent "P" with comments like this it clearly is. Oh is it clock without the L, either way what a stupid thing to say![/p][/quote]shall i tell what's really 'stupid'..... believing that you can solve the drug problem through enforcement.... time will tell how stupid my comments were pembury53
  • Score: -8

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