More drug itemiser tests carried out across the coast
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Around 600 people were swabbed for controlled substances on Saturday (26th August 2023) evening and checks were carried out at licenced premises as we continue to prevent violence, anti-social behaviour and tackle drug use and supply along the coast.
The multiagency Operation California saw our officers and other agencies including East Lindsey District Council carry out engagement in clubs and pubs across Skegness, Ingoldmells and Mablethorpe. They used a ‘drugs itemiser’- a machine to detect any residue of drugs on people and surfaces.
As the peak season ends, 1250 people have been swabbed for controlled substances.
From the hundreds of people swabbed on 26 August, outside Busters in Skegness, 11 returned a reading of cocaine substance. The 11 who swabbed positive were subject to a stop and search.
A 37-year-old man was found to be in possession of cocaine. That man has received an adult caution.
A 27-year-old man was found to be in possession of cocaine. He was not arrested but we are continuing to investigate.
A 27-year-old man from the local area was arrested for being drunk and disorderly outside the Buster’s Bar Complex on Grand Parade. He received a penalty notice for disorder.
PC Billy Spence said: “We had some great results during out Summertime Policing Night-time Economy Checks. I really do hope this brings reassurance to both visitors and residents.
“Lincolnshire Police have received great support from venues, such as The Buster Bar Complex, the charity “We Are With You” that supports people to make positive behavioural changes, most notably with alcohol and drug misuse and mental health, St John’s Ambulance and East Lindsey District Council.
“I would personally like to say a huge thank you to those who have supported Lincolnshire Police with our partnership operations this summer which assists us in keeping the Lincolnshire Coast a safe place to live, work and visit.”
We continue to ask people with concerns or to report a crime to call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.