CHEMICAL FEARS: 4 ARRESTED AFTER MAJOR DRUGS RAIDS IN NEWPORT AND EAST COWES


4 people have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs following 2 raids on the Isle of Wight this morning (Wednesday).

As first reported by Island Echo, officers have executed warrants at addresses in Linden Road, Newport and Cockerell Rise, East Cowes as part of investigations into the supply of drugs on the Isle of Wight.

At just gone 08:30, Police clad in personal protective equipment smashed the front door down of a flat at Cockerell Rise. A short time later, an address in Linden Road was also targeted with 2 individuals arrested at each property.

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Hampshire Constabulary has confirmed that today’s operation has been supported by colleagues from the fire service and ambulance service as a precaution in case any chemicals used to manufacture drugs were found at either address.

A Detection, Identification and Monitoring (DIM) unit from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has been stationed in East Cowes alongside 3 vehicles from South Central Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), indicating the risks involved in this multi-agency operation.

Scenes of crime investigators, CID detectives and dog handlers from Hampshire Constabulary have all been involved in the raids, alongside firefighters from Ryde and a variety of other individuals from both sides of the Solent.

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A 34-year-old man from Newport, a 29-year-old woman from Newport, a 30-year-old man from East Cowes and a 25-year-old woman from East Cowes are in police custody at this time.

Searches are ongoing at this time.

Tackling the supply of class A drugs is a priority for Police, who encourage Islanders to call 101 if they suspect there is class A drug dealing in the neighbourhood.

The scene at Linden Road in Newport

Island Echo