Cocaine found in two pubs in Northamptonshire after searches by drugs dog

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Cocaine has been found in two pubs in Northamptonshire after a drugs dog was used by officers in a series of searches last weekend.

As part of Operation Limit, the force’s campaign to clampdown on violent crime in the county, 14 people were arrested on Saturday and Sunday

The people arrested include a man who was charged for an assault at Brackley Football Club, a man who was cautioned after being arrested in Towcester and a man from Rushden wanted for assault and criminal damage.

Officers also arrested a man who had absconded from an Immigration Centre, a man wanted for domestic assault and a man in Kettering on suspicion of affray.

Eight people were arrested for a violent disturbance in Kettering town centre. Five remain in custody; one was remanded and two bailed.

A drugs dog patrolled 16 pubs in Rushden and Wellingborough and cocaine was found in two of the premises.

Other activity included a breathalyser operation in Corby’s busiest pub that took place during the early hours of Saturday morning.

Two officers assisted door staff by breathalysing those who appeared too intoxicated to be allowed in – 20 people were tested and several were refused entry because of the level of alcohol shown on the device.

Test-purchase operations took place at late-night convenience stores in Kettering. Although the majority did not sell to the test purchasers, two failed.

A local taxi firm has agreed to display domestic violence posters in all their taxis, encouraging people to report abuse, as well as ‘1 punch can kill’ posters in their taxis working the night time economy.

Domestic violence offenders across Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire have received visits from officers, and were given advice about the help available to them and encouraged to seek it in order to minimise the risk of reoffending.

Chief Inspector Dennis Murray, the force’s County Commander, said: “The drive to crackdown on violent crime will be relentless, under the Operation Limit banner.

“There is much more to come this month as we forge links with partners to tackle violence from root cause through to prosecution.

“There will be no hiding place for those who choose to go out and commit violent crimes.”