Residents living in a Lincolnshire town say they were relieved rather than worried after hearing that police had arrested 10 people as part of Operation Stronghold. Officers from Lincolnshire Police simultaneously executed three search warrants in King Street in Gainsborough on Tuesday, September 19 as part of Operation Stronghold.
Six people were arrested on suspicion of possessing class-A drugs, while a further four were arrested for offences relating to grievous bodily harm and driving while impaired through drugs. Kerry Shattell, who has lived on nearby Portland Terrace for nine years, said: “I knew that there’d been this raid but I wasn’t worried about it.
“This sort of thing happens everywhere, doesn’t it?” Ms Shattell, 46, added that the area tends to be quiet but she often keeps to herself.
Portland Terrace neighbour Elle Goodge, 21, said she had grown accustomed to seeing officers in the area. She said: “It doesn’t worry you, but that’s because it’s the area we’re in.
“It’s a relief to hear the police have been. They took their time but it’s still good that they’re out and doing something about it.”
She added that, over time, the area had ‘got worse’. Another resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “It would be much worse if the police did nothing.
“It’s not nice hearing about it happening on your street but the police are doing something, so that’s reassuring.” On top of the arrests, dozens of vehicles were also stopped. Five were seized and police say six drivers were ‘dealt with’ for traffic offences, which included not having a licence and using a mobile phone.
PC Lindsay Postles, the community beat manager for the southwest ward in Gainsborough, said the crackdown was a ‘positive step forward’ but more still needs to be done.
She said: “I am happy with the result today, however, there is more work to be done to ensure the issues do not resurface and we will carry on working with our community and partners to address the broader concerns. Drug dealing and anti-social behaviour can have a terrible impact on those living nearby.
Operation Stronghold has been designed around the concerns of residents in the area. After weeks of speaking to people, the community beat team managed to put together enough intelligence for the three search warrants, police say.