Police crackdown on anti-social behaviour in Dunstable and Houghton Regis continues

Stock Picture.     Bike seized by police in Houghton Regis as part of Operation Meteor in August
Stock Picture. Bike seized by police in Houghton Regis as part of Operation Meteor in August

Bedfordshire Police carried out a number of patrols around Dunstable and Houghton Regis last week, as part of Operation Hilton.

Officers have been out on patrol in both areas targeting drug dealing and anti-social behaviour.

Operation Hilton follows a meeting between Dunstable residents and the Police Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, in August, at Dunstable Community Fire Station.

At the meeting the residents said the town lacked a visible police presence.

Recent statistics from Bedfordshire Police show that the ratio of crime per head in Dunstable and Houghton Regis is now higher than in Luton.

There is one crime for every 47 people in Dunstable and one in 59 in Houghton Regis compared to one in 63 in Luton.

On Monday, September 3, officers seized a large quantity of cannabis, cash and a canister of pepper spray - identified as a section 5 firearm - from a house in Dunstable.

The officers were on patrol when they stopped a vehicle, the occupants made off into a nearby house where officers uncovered the drugs.

Sergeant Louise Bates said: “We are very pleased to have seized the drugs to keep them off the streets, which is part of our robust and proactive policing presence in Dunstable.”

Two men were arrested for possession with intent to supply a Class B drug and one was also arrested for possession of a firearm and possession of criminal property.

They have both been released on bail under investigation.