Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Operation Karate

I was up bright and early this morning.  Well actually it wasn’t bright – it was dark and rainy!  I had been invited with other councillor colleagues to witness the police put Operation Karate into effect.

Operation Karate is a police operation, led in Cheshire seeking to disrupt the supply of crack cocaine and heroin supplies in Cheshire – very much centred on Northwich and Hartford area but with trails leading into other parts of the North West and also into Wales.  Around 300 police were involved in the operation.

We were invited to attend the police briefing – at 4:45am as well as the operation being put into effect.

The police gave Cllrs Gaynor Sinar and Helen Weltman and me the opportunity to witness the operation from the briefing, through to the arrests and processing at the custody suite in Middlewich.  We were also given a chance to witness the Silver Command operation room in action too.  Colleagues from Weaver Vale Housing Trust and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Margaret Ollerenshaw witnessed the operation too.  I was pleased to hear that the housing trust will almost certainly be recharging the tenant the cost of a new door if he is subsequently convicted!

The police searched 34 properties and arrested 19 adult males in total, so all in all, the operation was a success with significant quantities of Class A drugs seized.

Whenever you witness these sorts of operations there are always things that surprise you, for example,  the location where we saw the search warrant was executed.  It was a place where 3 weeks previously I had delivered Conservative campaign literature.  Ah well some will always fall on stony ground!

A big thank you to all in Cheshire Police and especially to everyone involved in Operation Karate.  Thank you for inviting Gaynor, Helen and me to witness your vital work.  More importantly thank you for keeping our streets safe.  Carry on the good work!

The end of the line - the custody suite