Police officers from the Operation Fortress team are appealing for help in identifying two people who may be vital witnesses to a robbery. The robbery happened on Thursday, December 5 in the Brintons Road area of Southampton when a man was assaulted outside his home address and had things stolen.
Officers have made enquiries and a number of items stolen in the robbery have been recovered and as part of the investigation £11,000 worth of class ‘A’ drugs were recovered from a room at the Ibis Hotel in the city centre off West Quay Road.
The Operation Fortress Team is releasing pictures of a man and woman who are sought to help with enquiries. The pair are seen on CCTV entering the hotel just before 8.15pm.
Officers would like to hear from anyone who recognises the pair and may know who they are. Anyone with information is asked to contact Operation Fortress on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Three men have been charged with robbery and possession of class 'A' drugs with intent to supply in connection with the investigation into the robbery.
Seven people have been arrested in a series of police raids on homes across Southampton. It was part of Operation Fortress, one of the biggest ever crackdowns on drug crime in the city.
Over the last six months Hampshire Police has made hundreds of arrests and seized tens of thousands of pounds of drugs and drug money, as James Crichton-Smith reports.
Over the last six months Hampshire Constabulary have been carrying out one of its biggest campaigns ever to fight drug crime in Southampton.
Yesterday, seven people were arrested in a day of police raids across the city to crack down on the supply of drugs.
Operation Fortress is aiming to make Southampton a hostile environment for drug dealers.
Since its launch in May, the two year campaign to combat drug-related violence has seen more than 150 arrests and £150,000 worth of drugs and cash taken off the streets.
The police officer leading a crackdown on drug-related violence in Southampton is calling communities to help them rebuild local neighbourhoods.
Operation Fortress is Hampshire Constabulary’s two-year campaign to tackle violent crime associated with drug dealing in the city.
It’s headed up by a dedicated team but involves all local police officers and staff.
This week, the team carried out another five warrants at addresses across the city, made thirteen arrests and seized almost 300 bags of class A drugs.
It brings the total number of people arrested to 46 since the campaign launched at the end of May.
Detective Superintendent Kath Barnes of Hampshire Constabulary said: “We want to make Southampton a hostile environment for anyone intent on bringing drugs and violence into our city. Everything we’re doing is geared towards achieving this while reducing the demand for drugs".