PUBLISHED: November 18, 2015 13:04
Thousands of pounds worth of drugs were seized and a man has been arrested following a raid at a house in Telford this morning.
Police raided the house in Hayward Avenue, in Donnington shortly before 9am where they seized 12 cannabis plants worth an estimated 12,000. Officers said a small production facility was found containing a number of what are believed to be cannabis plants in various degrees of cultivation. A 56-year-old man, who lives at the address was arrested on suspicion of production of a controlled drug and was this afternoon in custody at Malinsgate Police Station in Telford.
Pc Nikki Scott, of West Mercia Police, who led the raid, said: “We continually work hard around Donnington to deal with the menace and misery that drugs bring to our streets.
“We are always grateful for the help of the local community in identifying those involved in the production and supply of these harmful substances. “The information that led to ourselves being able to obtain a warrant from the magistrates came from local people who are fed up with seeing the effect that drugs have. “This is not just on those who use illegal substances, but also the crime and anti-social behaviour associated with the activities.
“Hopefully this morning’s raid both shows our communities that when they do come forward with information about drugs, we do take it seriously and will take action where we can.
“It also serves as a warning to those involved in this trade of misery that we are looking for you, and when we find you we will come and get you.”
Police chiefs in Shropshire and Mid Wales today rubbished an out of date report which claims 16 of its top brass are on six-figure fat cat salaries.
Pressure group The Taxpayers Alliance has been releasing public sector salaries this week following Freedom of Information requests. In its report on the police, the figures, which are for the year 2013/14, claim that at West Mercia Police there are seven people earning 100,000-plus, with two of those on more than 150,000. They are named as chief constable David Shaw ( 153,662) and deputy chief constable Simon Chesterman ( 172,439).
According to the figures, there is also one person in the commissioner s office at West Mercia on 100,000 plus a claim denied by the office itself. But West Mercia Police spokeswoman Terri-Anne Powell said: The figures provided by The TaxPayers Alliance are two years out of date and refer, in some cases, to people who no longer work for the organisation. In order that we are open and transparent, the salaries of our chief officers are published by our Police and Crime Commissioners and are available online.
West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police saved money from 2012 when they moved to sharing some of their senior leadership roles as part of their strategic alliance. In the Dyfed Powys force area, the report claims there are six staff on 100,000 or more, with two of those on 150,000 plus and one named as the director of finance and resources in the report on more than 200,000. In the Dyfed-Powys commissioner’s office there are two staff members on six-figure salaries, it adds.
But Dyfed Powys Police chief constable Simon Prince, said: The payments referred to were made in 2012 and 2013 and had to be made in line with terms and conditions set out by the Police Authority. We have made significant changes since that time.
Since I have been in post as chief constable I have brought in changes to chief officers terms and conditions resulting in them costing the force considerably less. I have stopped other payments that were in place prior to my appointment, bringing chief officer payments in line with national police regulations.
Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon added: Spending wisely is one of my priorities. Significant decisions I made shortly after my election mean the top 10 salaries across the police and my office cost 20 per cent less than when I arrived. In respect of my office I made the decision to replace the chief executive and assistant chief executive roles with a single post that of chief of staff.
This decision alone reduced the annual salary bill by 84,000.
My office costs seven per cent less in 2015-16 in real terms than the Police Authority cost in its last full year (2011-12) and it does more.
West Mercia Police are appealing to the public for information after it was confirmed that a peregrine falcon had been found dead in a quarry in Clee Hill, Shropshire. The male peregrine had been poisoned.
There have been previous problems in this area with two peregrines poisoned in 2010 and another in 2011. Over the last few years the Shropshire Peregrine Group (SPG) has been organising volunteers to keep an eye on the location.
On the 15 June this year a volunteer reported a dead adult male peregrine at the base of the breeding cliff. The body was recovered by the RSPB and passed to Natural England in order that toxicology tests could be arranged. These have since confirmed the bird was poisoned by diazinon, the same product as in previous incidents.
Peregrines are fully protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and anyone convicted of killing these birds could receive up to six months in prison and/or a fine.
The RSPB and the SPG have offered a reward of 1000 for information leading to the conviction of anyone involved in this incident.
John Turner of the SPG said: This is yet another tragic incident at this site.
The female parent also disappeared and we are concerned she may have also been poisoned. The situation was made even worse as the two chicks in the nest also died with the loss of the parents.
Wildlife Crime Officer for West Mercia Police, Constable Julian Ward said: There have been previous incidents in this area and the illegal use of poison poses a risk to wildlife and to people. We believe somebody in the local community will have information about who is involved and we would urge them to contact police.
Information can be reported to West Mercia Police on 101 quoting reference 649S of the 15/06/2015.