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Aylesbury group set up in fight against drug dealing

Locals are asking for more transparency from the police when they report the crime.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:48am 17th June 2020. 4-minute read.

Aylesbury group set up in fight against drug dealing

Aylesbury residents have criticised the level of drug dealing in the town. 

Residents of Aylesbury are calling for a more open conversation when they report drug dealing. 

One resident commented that drug dealing had always been an issue in the town, but lockdown has made it worse:

"I've had to approach people who were on my driveway waiting to do drug deals and my children have started to feel vulnerable about it.

"I've religiously logged and reported it, but the frustration I was getting was that I generally was getting no response. So I feel very isolated from it and I feel nothing is being acted upon from my information or intelligence.

"What I've found is nearly 200 people had similar frustrations, what we want to do is unite together to find out what the police, local agencies and local police are doing about this increasingly visible problem on the streets of Aylesbury."

A group has formed with a campaign to get residents talking about the issue.

"Drug Dealers Don't Care, Do You?" has brought people together to speak about their thoughts. 

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TVP say they have arrested well over 100 people over the last 18 months

Many agree that it is difficult to continue to report sighting of drug deals, if it feels like nothing is done with them. 

Superintendent Michael Loebenberg, Commander for Aylesbury Vale policing area, said:

“Thames Valley Police actively encourage people in our communities to make reports directly to us about drug crime and would urge any reports to be made to us online via our website or on our non-emergency number 101. If a crime is in action, please call 999.

“All information received is read and reviewed as part of building a full intelligence picture about a particular area and any issues that may be occurring. Information from the public is extremely important, directly helping this process and our understanding of issues affecting our communities. It is essential that the public report dealing and information about supply to us, or anonymously to Crimestoppers online or by telephone on 0800 555 111.

“To be effective in addressing drug dealing, we make decisions on our operational response which means that not all activity can be visible to the public or fed back to all the individuals who make reports.

“Tackling drug crime is a priority for us in Aylesbury Vale and we have a dedicated Stronghold team who focus on targeting those bringing drugs into our area to cut off supply to those dealing locally. In the past 18 months, the team have arrested over 180 suspects, seizing predominantly class A drugs valued at more than £200,000, as well as over £100,000 in cash. The courts in these cases have already handed down sentences totaling in excess of 55 years’ imprisonment.”

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While Aylesbury MP, Rob Butler, provided this statement on the issue:

“I am absolutely clear that there can be no place in our community for illegal drug dealing and anyone who observes criminal activity taking place should immediately report it to the police. It is crucial that people feel safe on the streets of our town, especially at a time when we are encouraging people to come out and shop again.

As the local MP, I am determined to see Aylesbury as a place that families want to live, work and visit, and that means taking a tough line on antisocial and illegal behaviour. I know from my regular conversations that the police take all drug dealing across Aylesbury extremely seriously, and I will be discussing this with local residents.”

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