The number of drug crimes recorded in Haverhill has almost doubled, but police say this is due to better detection.
Addressing Haverhill Town Council at Tuesday’s (February 18) meeting at the arts centre, Inspector Peter Ferrie revealed that drug crimes from April 1 to date were 91, compared to a three year average of 55.
He said this is due to pro-active policing and better detection of crimes.
He was asked about what sort of drugs people are caught with, and said that while most street searches find people with cannabis, most home searches are find heroin, crack cocaine and other class A drugs.
Domestic burglary rose from 55 to 66 and shoplifting from 131 to 160, both of which Insp Ferrie attributes to drugs.
He believes the shoplifting spike to be due to drugs, and that addicts may be moving away from car crime and burglary to instead become shoplifters to fund their habit.
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