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Birmingham city centre crime blitz as shocking haul of drugs and weapons recovered by police

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 14/07/2019 16:02:46 birminghammail.co.uk

West Midlands Police's canine crime fighters are sniffing out criminals in a bid to keep the city centre streets free from drugs.

The Digbeth neighbourhood team have discovered 100 bags of Class B drugs worth tens of thousands of pounds, a machete and other knives, since teaming up with the force's dog unit out on targeted patrols in and around the Millennium Point area.

Thanks to the furry friends, officers can better monitor suspicious behaviour and the increased visible presence in the city centre has seen a 20 per cent reduction in crime reports between April and June.

a group of people standing together in uniform: Digbeth Neighbourhood Team with their furry friends © WMPDigbeth Neighbourhood Team with their furry friends

Sgt Simon Finney, from Birmingham Police , said: "We have carried out these regular, targeted patrols following concerns over drugs, anti-social behaviour and robberies.

"As a result we have managed to take tens of thousands of pounds of drugs off the streets and also seized potentially lethal weapons.

a dog in a garden: Busy at work, sniffing out drugs © WMPBusy at work, sniffing out drugs

"The support of the force's police dogs has been invaluable alongside the eyes and ears of bobbies on the beat.

a dog sitting on the ground: Result ! © WMPResult !

"The dogs have helped trace drugs which were hidden underground in soil, and would otherwise not have been detected.

"This has been part of our ongoing efforts to tackle city centre crime and ensure it is a safe place for people to live, visit and work."


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