Arrests after drug raids across Southampton in Operation Fortress

Arrests after drug raids across the city

Arrests after drug raids across the city

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

FIVE MEN have been arrested after a drugs bust on a Hampshire estate this morning.

A “ring of steel” was set up around Northam Estate as officers executed drug warrants to ensure no one could get in or out of the area.

The Operation Fortress Team raided the estate as part of an intelligence-led operation aimed at stopping drug use and supply within the community.

Following the warrants the Safer Neighbourhoods team have been conducting high visibility patrols to reassure residents and explain the purpose of today's operation.

This afternoon Southampton City Council will be litter picking and dealing with any fly tipping in the area, as well as conducting parking enforcement.

Southampton District Chief Inspector Charlie Rimmer said: “This intelligence led operation has been a big success so far. The aim is to work with the community and our partners to make the Northam estate a safe and pleasant place for all.

“The already well established Fortress team have excellent links with local drugs intervention projects which help users get the support they need to turn their lives around.

“We always encourage residents to report concerns relating to drugs use and supply in their neighbourhoods, this type of information allows us to conduct operations such as the one in Northam today. We would like to thank the community for their co-operation and support.”

Anyone with concerns about drugs related activity in their neighbourhood should contact their Safer Neighbourhoods team on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 11.

The beat office on the estate is also open for residents to report incidents to police or speak to Parent Support Link, and organisation which supports families and friends of drug users.

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3:34pm Thu 29 May 14

bigfella says...

Not the best pixilation of a face I've ever seen!
Not the best pixilation of a face I've ever seen! bigfella
  • Score: 9

3:41pm Thu 29 May 14

wossit says...

"The aim is to work with the community and our partners to make the Northam estate a safe and pleasant place for all".

Good Luck
"The aim is to work with the community and our partners to make the Northam estate a safe and pleasant place for all". Good Luck wossit
  • Score: 16

4:09pm Thu 29 May 14

Mary80 says...

The Northam estate is a hive of scum and villainy
The Northam estate is a hive of scum and villainy Mary80
  • Score: 5

5:38pm Thu 29 May 14

c u lateron says...

I lived in a block of flats on Northam estate with a lady friend, after getting divorced about 10years ago, i thought it was heaven, freedom, a workmate
lived on the next floor, and i got on ok with his lady and her 15year old son, about a year later all of a sudden he did a midnight flit, i said i thought she was nice, he said its not her its the son, you'll find out, i came home from work one day and he's in the entrance with his gang, this is my block he said
dont step out of line or you'll pay, i said up yours, and his mother thought he was the biz, he beat a lady neighbour up,went to court and laughed when he got a suspended, so hopefully they going to get rid of the scum, on which used to be a nice estate
I lived in a block of flats on Northam estate with a lady friend, after getting divorced about 10years ago, i thought it was heaven, freedom, a workmate lived on the next floor, and i got on ok with his lady and her 15year old son, about a year later all of a sudden he did a midnight flit, i said i thought she was nice, he said its not her its the son, you'll find out, i came home from work one day and he's in the entrance with his gang, this is my block he said dont step out of line or you'll pay, i said up yours, and his mother thought he was the biz, he beat a lady neighbour up,went to court and laughed when he got a suspended, so hopefully they going to get rid of the scum, on which used to be a nice estate c u lateron
  • Score: 27

9:21pm Thu 29 May 14

imspacedout says...

and yet every single type of drug retrieved from a raid will be just as available the following day...
and yet every single type of drug retrieved from a raid will be just as available the following day... imspacedout
  • Score: 2

10:18pm Thu 29 May 14

userds5050 says...

c u lateron wrote:
I lived in a block of flats on Northam estate with a lady friend, after getting divorced about 10years ago, i thought it was heaven, freedom, a workmate
lived on the next floor, and i got on ok with his lady and her 15year old son, about a year later all of a sudden he did a midnight flit, i said i thought she was nice, he said its not her its the son, you'll find out, i came home from work one day and he's in the entrance with his gang, this is my block he said
dont step out of line or you'll pay, i said up yours, and his mother thought he was the biz, he beat a lady neighbour up,went to court and laughed when he got a suspended, so hopefully they going to get rid of the scum, on which used to be a nice estate
What's that, the greatest story ever told?
[quote][p][bold]c u lateron[/bold] wrote: I lived in a block of flats on Northam estate with a lady friend, after getting divorced about 10years ago, i thought it was heaven, freedom, a workmate lived on the next floor, and i got on ok with his lady and her 15year old son, about a year later all of a sudden he did a midnight flit, i said i thought she was nice, he said its not her its the son, you'll find out, i came home from work one day and he's in the entrance with his gang, this is my block he said dont step out of line or you'll pay, i said up yours, and his mother thought he was the biz, he beat a lady neighbour up,went to court and laughed when he got a suspended, so hopefully they going to get rid of the scum, on which used to be a nice estate[/p][/quote]What's that, the greatest story ever told? userds5050
  • Score: -1

7:50am Fri 30 May 14

sue1956 says...

I wondered what was going on yesterday when I saw 3 unmarked police cars and 20 policemen in the area. Thank you Daily Echo for solving that mystery.
I wondered what was going on yesterday when I saw 3 unmarked police cars and 20 policemen in the area. Thank you Daily Echo for solving that mystery. sue1956
  • Score: 1

8:07am Fri 30 May 14

Woolston ollie says...

bigfella says...

Not the best pixilation of a face I've ever seen!

Was it pixilated of missuse of the drugs he was selling, cant tell
bigfella says... Not the best pixilation of a face I've ever seen! Was it pixilated of missuse of the drugs he was selling, cant tell Woolston ollie
  • Score: 0

9:44am Fri 30 May 14

Malik. says...

All the drugs seized will just be as readily available today as they were yesterday, the only way to stop the illegal drugs trade is to remove the legal drugs trade. Rethink. Reeducate. Regulate.
All the drugs seized will just be as readily available today as they were yesterday, the only way to stop the illegal drugs trade is to remove the legal drugs trade. Rethink. Reeducate. Regulate. Malik.
  • Score: -3

9:44am Fri 30 May 14

Malik. says...

Illegal*
Illegal* Malik.
  • Score: -5

11:33am Fri 30 May 14

From the sidelines says...

imspacedout wrote:
and yet every single type of drug retrieved from a raid will be just as available the following day...
Yes, but think how many people we have employed in this futile gesture. Police, courts, prisons, lawyers for both sides.

If drugs were legalised, they could be controlled for quality (safer) and taxed. And all the people I mentioned above could do something useful with their lives.

Prohibition didn't work in 20s America, and it won't work now.
[quote][p][bold]imspacedout[/bold] wrote: and yet every single type of drug retrieved from a raid will be just as available the following day...[/p][/quote]Yes, but think how many people we have employed in this futile gesture. Police, courts, prisons, lawyers for both sides. If drugs were legalised, they could be controlled for quality (safer) and taxed. And all the people I mentioned above could do something useful with their lives. Prohibition didn't work in 20s America, and it won't work now. From the sidelines
  • Score: -4

10:21pm Fri 30 May 14

imspacedout says...

From the sidelines wrote:
imspacedout wrote:
and yet every single type of drug retrieved from a raid will be just as available the following day...
Yes, but think how many people we have employed in this futile gesture. Police, courts, prisons, lawyers for both sides.

If drugs were legalised, they could be controlled for quality (safer) and taxed. And all the people I mentioned above could do something useful with their lives.

Prohibition didn't work in 20s America, and it won't work now.
Yes I agree, although the people mentioned would still have jobs just not harassing so many drug users. Notice that people who want them to stay illegal actually have very little compassion for the drug users which if a harmful drug they'd be better off with legal support and treatment and less harmful (even beneficial) substance users should be left alone. Exactly; alcohol prohibition in America just induced a black market trade and heightened crime. What needs to be tackled is the poverty surrounding the reason why people feel like they've nothing better to do than sell drugs. Not to mention the baby recently burned in the face with a flash bang grenade in America in a drugs raid this is getting OUT OF CONTROL.
[quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]imspacedout[/bold] wrote: and yet every single type of drug retrieved from a raid will be just as available the following day...[/p][/quote]Yes, but think how many people we have employed in this futile gesture. Police, courts, prisons, lawyers for both sides. If drugs were legalised, they could be controlled for quality (safer) and taxed. And all the people I mentioned above could do something useful with their lives. Prohibition didn't work in 20s America, and it won't work now.[/p][/quote]Yes I agree, although the people mentioned would still have jobs just not harassing so many drug users. Notice that people who want them to stay illegal actually have very little compassion for the drug users which if a harmful drug they'd be better off with legal support and treatment and less harmful (even beneficial) substance users should be left alone. Exactly; alcohol prohibition in America just induced a black market trade and heightened crime. What needs to be tackled is the poverty surrounding the reason why people feel like they've nothing better to do than sell drugs. Not to mention the baby recently burned in the face with a flash bang grenade in America in a drugs raid this is getting OUT OF CONTROL. imspacedout
  • Score: -2

10:24pm Fri 30 May 14

imspacedout says...

People down-vote comments as if anyone suggestion prohibition has failed wants everyone to take drugs but do your research and I assure you that the only way to prevent use of destructive drugs is to end prohibition and help one another in need instead of continue with rivalry and prejudice.
People down-vote comments as if anyone suggestion prohibition has failed wants everyone to take drugs but do your research and I assure you that the only way to prevent use of destructive drugs is to end prohibition and help one another in need instead of continue with rivalry and prejudice. imspacedout
  • Score: 0

11:05pm Fri 13 Jun 14

ratface75 says...

hands up who doesn't live on a council estate??????? you non council tenants don't have a very high opinion of us cht's ( council house tenants ) like your type are perfect!!!! what's cocaine been called???? oh yeah rich man's speed!!!! lol
hands up who doesn't live on a council estate??????? you non council tenants don't have a very high opinion of us cht's ( council house tenants ) like your type are perfect!!!! what's cocaine been called???? oh yeah rich man's speed!!!! lol ratface75
  • Score: 0

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