Forth Valley police operation results in 53 arrests

Chief Superintendent John Hawkins
Chief Superintendent John Hawkins

More than £23,000 worth of illegal drugs have been taken off the streets so far during an operation by Forth Valley police.

Over 350 offences have been detected with 28 drug arrests from raids on homes since officers launched Operation Core just over four weeks ago.

The campaign is aimed at tackling three key priority areas, identified by communities, of drug dealing, violence and road traffic crime.

A total of 223 people have been arrested and charged in connection with either assault or assault to injury and an additional 25 arrests for domestic assault.

Increased hand held radar deployments, mobile police patrols and safety camera partnership deployments on key routes for road traffic incidents resulting in 81 road safety offences.

This included an operation in Falkirk’s Ivanhoe Drive when more than 100 vehicles were stopped and 26 road safety crimes detected.

Divisional Commander for Forth Valley Chief Superintendent John Hawkins said: “This has been an excellent start for Operation Core, which has seen the detection of over 350 crimes in the three priority areas.

“Operation Core is an ongoing initiative and we will continue to tackle the sale and supply of controlled drugs; road safety and address violence in our communities.”

Ch Supt Hawkins also said there will be more police activity in the area in the coming weeks.

He added: “We will continue to issue updates on Operation Core in the coming weeks with more days of action planned.

“However, we recognise that our work does not stop, and even at the conclusion of Operation Core we will continue to actively target those committing crime and causing disruption in our communities and will work tirelessly to bring them to justice.”

To track the progress of Operation Core follow #OpCore on Twitter.