Large amount of cash, knife and drugs paraphernalia seized in Selby
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North Yorkshire Police’s dedicated Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) in Selby have worked with the Operational Support Unit and response colleagues to execute a warrant at an address on Holmes Avenue.
The team acted on intelligence and raided the address early on Monday morning (15 May 2023). A search of the address produced a large amount of cash, drugs paraphernalia and suspected counterfeit goods.
(Seized cash from the property)
The team detained a 55-year-old man at the address who was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a class-A drug and possession of criminal property.
A search of the man’s vehicle recovered a lock knife. This led to him been further arrested for possession of a knife in a public place.
The man was interviewed and released under investigation.
Inspector Martin Wedgwood from the Selby outer Neighbourhood Policing Team commented:
“This was a successful warrant for the team as it has seen a dangerous weapon and suspected counterfeit property recovered from Selby. The investigation into these discoveries is ongoing.
“The execution of this warrant proactively highlights our commitment to tackling the supply of drugs across the Selby district.
“I would urge members of the public to continue to provide us with information as it helps us build intelligence. If there is an issue that is causing you concern then no matter how insignificant you feel it is, please report it to us and we will endeavour to act on the information provided”.
If you have any concerns or information about drugs in your community, contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
In an emergency, always call 999.
SPOT THE SIGNS
Cuckooing is the term given when drug dealers take over the home of a vulnerable person and use it at a base to sell and store drugs, often using violence and intimidation to achieve this. Cuckooing victims are often drug users themselves, or people who are vulnerable due to a mental or physical disability, their age or lifestyle, such as sex workers and single mothers.
So please look out for your vulnerable neighbours and report any concerns you have.
Signs of cuckooing to look out for include
Increased callers at a property at all times of the day or night
Increase in cars pulling up for short periods of time
Different accents at a property
Antisocial behaviour at a property
Not seeing the resident for long periods of time
Drug-related rubbish – small plastic bags, syringes
Windows covered or curtains closed for long periods
Unexplained or untreated injuries
Children are groomed and exploited to deal drugs on behalf of organised criminals. These are the signs to look out for:
Persistently going missing from school or home and / or being found out-of-area
Unexplained money, clothes, or mobile phones
Excessive receipt of texts / phone calls
Relationships with controlling / older individuals or groups
Leaving home / care without explanation
Suspicion of physical assault / unexplained injuries
Significant decline in school results / performance
Gang association or isolation from peers or social networks
Self-harm or significant changes in emotional well-being
Travelling long distances on public transport - is it term time? Should they be in school? Are they paying high cost fares with cash?
Anyone with concerns about county lines can speak to their local police on 101 or call 999 in an emergency. If you’d rather stay anonymous you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
If you are a young person who is worried about being involved in county lines, or knows someone who is, you can speak to an adult and let them know how you feel.
You can also contact www.fearless.org who allow you to pass on information about crime anonymously.
You can also contact Childline on 0800 1111 – they are a private and confidential service where you can talk to counsellors about anything that is worrying you.
Get help for drug addiction
North Yorkshire Rise – young people's specialist drug and alcohol service- freephone 08000 14 14 80 (option 2).
North Yorkshire Horizons - adult specialist drug and alcohol service - freephone 08000 14 14 80 – nyhorizons.org.uk
Changing Lives - City of York Drug and Alcohol Service - 01904 464 680 - changing-lives.org.uk/services/drug-alcohol/york-drug-alcohol-support-services/