Drugs dog hits the streets of East Northants

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A police drugs team, organised by the special constabulary, took the drugs dog into east Northamptonshire’s town centres on Saturday night (June 8).

Led by Specials Inspector Sam Ryall, the team, which included two new recruits, visited public houses in Oundle, Thrapston, Ringstead, Raunds and Rushden.

The last stop was Rushden at midnight and the officers walked from the Wheatsheaf through the town to the Rose & Crown, Cheers Bar, the Feathers and the Railway.

A number of people were searched on suspicion of being in possession of drugs.

SI Ryall said: “The operation was organised by the Special Constabulary, who are committed to assisting the police on a regular basis in a voluntary capacity.

“Seven officers took part in the operation, including two officers new in service, and in the vast majority of cases we were made welcome in the public houses.

“While we were in Raunds, someone mentioned that the last time they had seen the drugs dog out was three years ago.

“The east Northamptonshire area would definitely benefit from similar operations in the future.”