Five men arrested on suspicion of drugs offences after raids next to student campus in Northampton town centre

St John's Street in Northampton
St John's Street in Northampton

Police investigating complaints about drug dealing in Northampton town centre have made five arrests.

Officers were following up reports of drugs use in the St John’s Street area near to the University of Northampton’s new St John’s Hall of Residence and seized more than £3,000 and 32 grams of cannabis.

A 20-year-old man from London and a 19-year-old man from Northampton were arrested last week.

Another three men were arrested in St John’s Street on Saturday night, and a large quantity of cannabis was located in a vehicle.

One of the men is 21 and from London, the other two, aged 18 and 19. The three youngest men are understood to be students from the university living in the St John’s Halls of Residence.

A ll five men were arrested on suspicion of possessing and dealing drugs.

Town centre Sergeant, Simon Pinchin, said: “We will not tolerate the supply of drugs, or the use of drugs, in Northampton town centre.

“We will use all powers at our disposal to bring offenders to justice.”

A spokesman for the University of Northampton said the University has a “zero tolerance policy” for those found to be supplying or in possession of illegal substances.

The spokesman said: “Those found to be committing such offences risk expulsion from the University. We are assisting the police with their enquiries.”