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Man charged following drugs operation, Wigan
Friday 2nd August, 2013

A man has been charged following Operation Spetsai, a multi-agency crackdown to combat the supply of drugs in Scholes, Wigan.

John Crossland (born 2/7/75) of Linney Square, Scholes, has been charged with possession of a class A drug and possession of a class B drug.

He is due to appear before Wigan Magistrates⿿ Court on 13 August 2013.

On Wednesday 31 July and Thursday 1 August 2013, eight warrants were executed in the Scholes area under the operation.

In total seven people were arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs and abstracting electricity. Three were later bailed, two were cautioned and one was released without charge.

As part of the operation, Wigan and Leigh Housing have also managed to secure an injunction which has led to the injunction of one of those arrested.

Police Sergeant Adam Wall said: "We are determined to clamp down on the supply of drugs following concerns from the community.

"We work closely with our partners and would warn those responsible for such behaviour we will take every opportunity to remove them from the community."

Neil Turner, Chair of Wigan and Leigh Housing's Board said: "Within 48hrs of the raids our Tenancy ASB Unit had been granted a without notice injunction against one of the arrested tenants.

"This prevents him from returning to the block of flats in which he lived. We believe this is one of the first of this type of injunction to be used in the country and is brilliant result for all involved. It also sends a strong and powerful message that we will not tolerate crime and anti-social behaviour in our properties."

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