Drugs dog used as police visit pubs across Richmondshire

Police visited pubs across Richmondshire last night as part of a crime and drugs crackdown.

North Yorkshire Police worked with MOD police and the district council’s licensing officer to visit pubs in Richmond, Catterick Garrison, Catterick Village and surrounding villages.

A drugs sniffer dog was used.

Inspector Mark Gee, from Richmondshire Police, said the visits were coordinated by the Richmondshire Neighbourhood Policing Team and led by Sgt Sharon Findlay.

He added:  “The purpose was to provide a visible policing presence to link with licensees to offer any assistance with their Pub Watch scheme and answer licensing queries etc.

“The passive drugs dog will detect person potentially in possession of illegal drugs.

“Should the dog indicate then officers would make further enquiries with the person which could include a search.”

He added: “The operation was well received by both the public and licensees and continues our local campaign to keep communities safe from drugs and crime.

“The MOD police were keen to work with us in order to further protect our military community in Catterick Garrison.

“This was a successful evening and is similar to previous operations.”

Insp Gee said the pro-active approach would continue in the Richmondshire area with the operation fitting in with recent activity and drug warrants that had been executed locally.

Two people were arrested after a raid on KOKO in Catterick Garrison last weekend.