There was a large police presence in Torquay town centre yesterday, 21st September as part of Operation Roxbury.
A dispersal authority was put in place to assist the officers in dealing with begging, anti-social behavior and drug offences.
Officers from the Torquay Neighbourhood team, supported by student officers, South Hams Neighbourhood Officers, the Special Constabulary and Dorset Dog Unit assisted with the day of action.
Further days of action are planned. There have been a number of issues in the town centre and nearby areas, particularly drinking, drug taking and begging.
“During the course of the operation a quantity of drugs ranging from cannabis to spice were seized and two people were dispersed from the town until 0900hrs on Saturday – both were reminded a further dispersal would be authorised if they returned and engaged in further anti-social behavior.
A 26yr old male and 32yr old male are in custody assisting officers with enquiries in to drug possession offences following separate stop checks.
It is important to note that these officers have come together to support this operation by changing shifts, working on days off and travelling considerable distances to address the problems that affect the community.
During one arrest, a local officer was assaulted, sustaining visible injuries. The offender is awaiting interview.
Further days of action are planned between now and the end of the year, the dates will not be published but further updates will follow once our activities are concluded.
This represents our commitment to responding effectively to community concerns. We take reports seriously and will use whatever resources and legislation we have at our disposal to make the town a nicer place to be,”
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