Cops target Derry drug hotspots

Part of the leaflet distributed in Shantallow as part of Operation Silent Guardian
Part of the leaflet distributed in Shantallow as part of Operation Silent Guardian

An operation aimed at tackling drug crime in Derry has been carried out in the Shantallow area of the city.

Earlier this week the PSNI’s Foyle City North Neighbourhood Team carried out a leaflet drop in the Shantallow area as part of Operation Silent Guardian - an initiative aiming to cut drug crime across the city.

PSNI Sergeant Phil Martin says the operation forms part of the police response to community concerns around drugs.

“The community have clearly stated that drug dealing in our city is unacceptable and we support their concerns.

“We must continue our efforts to disrupt their activities and collectively let them know that they are not welcome in our streets and neighbourhoods.”

He says community support is vital in combating drug crime and says information is key to the wider operation.

“The leaflets clearly explain the type of information we need to tackle drug dealers in the community and the various ways it can be reported to police.

“Any small piece of information could add to the case we are building or provide us with a new lead. I know from speaking with members of the community that you are frustrated about the fact that dealers are operating in your street.”

Sergeant Martin says police “are equally as frustrated but also determined to get drug dealers out of communities and behind bars.”

“Investigations do take time however please be reassured that any information you provide to us, no matter how small, will be followed up.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 0845 600 8000 or can contact the City North Neighbourhood Team directly on 07585 979446.

Alternatively people can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111