Ipswich - two teenagers charged in connection with drug offences
Two teenage boys have appeared before Ipswich magistrates charged in connection with drug offences in Ipswich.
Police conducting patrols in the area of Hawthorn Drive area of Chantry at around 5pm on Tuesday 26 March became aware of three youths acting suspiciously.
The officers conducted searches under Section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act and recovered a knife, approximately 40-50cm in length, a zombie knife and around 80 wraps of Class A drugs which resulted in the boys’ arrests.
All three were taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.
Two of the boys were charged and remanded in custody to appear before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Thursday 28 March. Details of their charges and sentences are as follows:
- A 15-year-old boy from the West Midlands pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of a quantity of cocaine and a quantity of diamorphine with intent to supply and possession of a knife or bladed weapon. He was handed an 18 month detention and training order.
- A 15 year-old boy from Kent pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of a knife or bladed weapon. He was handed a 12 month detention and training order.
A 16 year-old boy from London was also arrested on suspicion of being concerned in supplying a controlled drug and on suspicion of being in possession of a bladed weapon. He has been bailed to return to police on Wednesday 17 April.
Superintendent Kerry Cutler said: “The consequences of knife crime can be severe, even fatal, which is why we take any offences involving knives extremely seriously.
“We have a number of measures in place to educate young people who think that carrying a knife will make them safer, when in fact it puts them at greater risk, and we urge parents and carers to educate young people about these dangers to help us tackle knife crime.
"We also want to help those vulnerable members of the community, who get caught-up in the supply and dealing of drugs. Our local communities have an important role to play in this. Talk to us about your concerns and we will work together to resolve the issue.”
"We would urge that if you know or suspect that someone is carrying a knife, or have information about drug use in your community, report it.”
If you know or suspect that someone is carrying a knife, or have information about drug use in your community, please contact your local policing team on 101 or alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.