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Drug death

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

THE death of a man in his 20s in Banbridge is being linked to drugs.

The man was found in a house in the Churchview Drive area of the town on Sunday (27 November). Police attended the scene and are treating the young man's death as unexplained and a postmortem is expected to take place in due course.

A woman aged in her 20s was arrested and was released on police bail pending further enquiries later that evening.

Describing drug dealers as "disgusting parasites who live in our midst" was UUP Councillor Glenn Barr who was saddened to learn of another suspected drugs death in Banbridge.

“These past few years, the Banbridge area has had its fair share of sorrow through drugs and I truly thought young people were beginning to see sense," he said.

“I am calling on the community to rally again and shop the dealers that are in our midst, we need community action to help the PSNI to arrest them.

“You can call Crimestoppers 24/7 on 0800 555 111, or indeed I am more than happy to forward on any information of drug dealers. Drugs dealers are nothing more than disgusting little parasites living in our midst. We as a community need to rally round and support each other."

News of the man's death came as police announced yesterday (Monday) that almost 83,000 pounds worth of drugs were seized in this area during the most recent Torus operation, part of the PSNI's response to the sale and supply of illegal and harmful drugs.

The operation ran for six weeks until 16 October and resulted in 322 searches and 199 arrests.

Speaking about the results, Chief Superintendent Alywin Barton said: "There is no denying that communities are safer for having these drugs taken off the streets and we are grateful to the public for their ongoing support - I have no doubt that information we have received directly from local people has resulted in some of these seizures.

“Drug addiction and abuse can affect anyone and we recognise that many vulnerable people are being exploited for the financial gain of those higher up the supply chain. We know that criminal gangs are using drugs to pressurise others to commit crimes."

 

We know that people feel they can't come forward and speak out. However, this recent operation demonstrates that we will act on the information you give us and that we are committed to ridding our communities of drugs and drug dealers.

“We can always do better but only with your help. If you have any information about drug dealing in your community then please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or your local police on the non-emergency number 101."

The South area covers the following districts - Lisburn and Castlereagh, North Down and Ards, Newry, Mourne and Down, Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, Mid Ulster and Fermanagh and Omagh.

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