Residents applaud as GMP smash through doors of suspected drug den in Wigan

Residents applaud as GMP smash through doors of suspected drug den in Wigan

In the early hours of this morning (Wednesday 31 May) officers from Wigan’s Challenger Organised Crime Team, supported by Wigan Neighbourhood Officers, executed a warrant at an address on Thorburn Road suspected to be involved with drug dealing.

A 53-year-old woman was interviewed under caution on suspicion of drug offences.

From across the street, members of the public cheered and welcomed police presence as officers listened to their concerns and collected valuable intelligence.

Detective Superintendent Simon Hurst who is leading the Wigan Challenger Organised Crime Team said: “From speaking with local residents, it’s clear to see they are exasperated with the anti-social behaviour and brazen drug dealing in their community, and they were grateful for our presence today.

“My team are committed to tackling the organised crime that is blighting our communities and destroying the lives of vulnerable people. By working with partners from across the borough and afar, we can bring intelligence together and combine skills and powers to target the criminals at every level and safeguard the community.

“We want local people to get involved and to keep talking to us, sharing concerns, and reporting suspicious behaviour so we can act on it. Intelligence from members of the public helps us with our on-going investigations – no matter how small the information may seem.”

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