PATROLS have been taking place on the city's railways in a crackdown on drugs.

Last Friday, officers joined forced with British Transport Police to tackle drug trafficking at Southampton Central train station.

A total of 35 stop and searches were completed resulting in 11 positive searches in which class A and B drugs were seized.

Eight people were found to be carrying cannabis and were issued with community resolution orders.

Three people were also arrested for drug offences during the operation.

A 17-year-old boy from Bournemouth was arrested on suspicion of possession of Class B drugs.

He was released from custody but remains under investigation.

A 23-year-old man from Basingstoke was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

A 28-year-old man from Southampton was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class B drugs.

Both have been released under investigation.

Inspector Sarah Nicholson from Southampton West’s Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Tackling drugs and the associated crime that comes with them remains a priority in Southampton.

“County lines and local drugs networks cause misery for our communities. This joint operation carried out with our colleagues from BTP demonstrates our commitment to tackling drug related harm to help keep our communities safe."