Your local policing teams have been out in force this week targeting drug suppliers and those people causing the most harm across Gosport.

On Monday, officers were conducting proactive efforts to follow up on intelligence, arrest local dealers, and remove drugs from our streets. As part of this work, two warrants were conducted at flats in Martin Snape House.

Check out the video below which shows officers ‘knocking on the door’.

Heroin and some cannabis, which you can also see pictured in the video, were seized and a 60-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of Class A drugs possession. He was released from custody but remains under investigation.

Our roads policing colleagues from RPU Proactive were also out this week targeting criminals who use the road network across Gosport, Fareham and Lee-on-the-Solent.

‘Fatal four’ offences were identified including driving without a seatbelt and speeding. One speeding motorist also did not have their child properly restrained in their vehicle.

A number of other vehicles were also stopped by the team, with drivers drug wiped and dealt with for other offences including defective brake lights and document offences.

Two drivers were also arrested for drug driving.

Moving on, on Wednesday morning our District Policing Team (DPT) colleagues stopped a vehicle in Elson Road and arrested the driver – a 33-year-old man – and the passenger – a 26-year-old woman, on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.

They have been released from custody but remain under investigation while our enquiries into drug supply continue.

The vehicle was searched and a number of grip sealed bags of white powder were located along with cash. A nearby address was also searched where police located further quantities of Class A drugs and more cash.

On Thursday this weeks, officers were out patrolling Rowner. A man in a camper van was approached by officers in the ASDA car park, before he ran off across a nearby field. Officers caught up with him and he was arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply. The 47-year-old remains in custody.

Officers seized a large bag of crack cocaine which was dropped in the field during this incident, and seized the camper van.

The same day, officers stopped and searched a 15-year-old boy in an alleyway near Mayfield Road. 8 wraps of crack and heroin were seized, and the search of a nearby address led to the seizure of two golf ball sized quantities of suspected crack and heroin. Police also seized some cannabis, digital devices and drugs paraphernalia.

The boy was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs, and has been bailed with conditions until 18 July while enquiries continue.

Across the borough, policing teams have also been clamping down on retail crime and supporting businesses.

Retail workers are part of our communities and shoplifting in particular creates an environment of fear for shop staff, leaving them to feel unsafe in their own workplaces.

This week, 35-year-old Callum Shepley, of Trinity Close in Gosport, was charged with three shoplifting offences between 28 February and 16 April this year. It’s alleged that more than £250 worth of goods were stolen from shops in Gosport during these incidents.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 18 April.

Inspector Sam Warne said: “Your Gosport Policing teams are working hard every day to make Gosport safer for everyone. Drug supply and drug use in particular harms our communities directly, and finds its way into so much criminality.

“We don’t want it anymore, not in our town. Drug dealers you are not welcome in Gosport and we will make every effort to remove drugs from Gosport, whilst working with partners to support vulnerable people – including those dependent on drugs – in our community.

“I want Gosport to help us – it’s where you live, tell us what’s happening and let’s stand against crime in Gosport.”