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Preston Police launch next phase of ‘Operation Nexus’ to target and disrupt organised crime

Monday, November 20, 2017

A THIRD PHASE of Operation Nexus has been launched today (Monday 20th November) aimed at disrupting organised crime in the City and surrounding areas.

Over the past 12 months, we have investigated a number of incidents where serious violence has been used, significant injuries have been sustained and we know that in the main, this activity stems from drug related activity and the fallout from the different groups involved.

Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Holgate who is running the operation said; “This week’s activity follows on from a series of targeted proactive operations and intelligence gathering over a period of several months and we hope to make a number of arrests.
“The point is that we know that drug related activity and the associated violence that goes with it has a significant impact on people living in the areas where it is happening. We know that this activity is blatant and is happening in broad daylight so we want to make sure that we are doing all we can to ensure that we support our day to day reactive policing, with a proactive approach to tackle it and make it as difficult as possible for those involved to carry on operating in the way they do.
“This is not a one off - the intelligence gathering and investigative work that goes on behind Operation Nexus is constant and we will continue to tackle this – we will not tolerate this activity in our City and on our streets.”

The operation is supported by officers from all departments including Immediate Response, Neighbourhood Teams and Operational Support Units along with Road Policing Officers, Mounted Division and our Dog Unit.

The activity is also closely supported by our Early Action Teams and several partner agencies. Along with enforcement, we are clear that we have a responsibility to ensure that those who are involved in, or are on the periphery of this activity, are supported by the relevant agencies – we need to change the culture for young people who are involved in crime or know about those who are.

Detective Chief Inspector Holgate continued; “We believe this activity will not only disrupt and deal with those involved, but that it will help us to warn and educate young people about the consequences of going down the same path.

“It’s also really important that as part of this work, communities feel stronger and more empowered to do what they can to prevent serious organised crime from becoming the community norm.

“Local people are a vital source of intelligence and they need to help us to keep them safe by telling us what they know and turning rumour into hard evidence. New technology and legislation can help us protect people to come forward who otherwise would have been too frightened to so it’s important that people know they can trust us when they have something to tell us.”

Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner added:

"Operations such as this show that the police continue to take appropriate action against drug related and organised crime. Developing safe and confident communities is a key priority under my Police and Crime Plan and tackling those who put drugs onto our streets is a key part of this.

"Frontline policing is much more than just the traditional bobby on the beat and this is shown by the range of specialist officers and different policing teams involved in this operation, highlighting that officers have the skills, resources and determination to stop criminal gangs.

"A lot of the work being done to combat criminal gangs often goes unseen but it is happening and information from the public plays a vital role in supporting our officers' hard work to keep people across Lancashire safe."

Any information can be passed to police via 101 or anonymously by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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