Sniffer dog finds drugs in Pendle pubs

William the police drugs sniffer dog. (S)
William the police drugs sniffer dog. (S)

Police and Pendle Council officers have together hailed the success of a drugs awareness night this month when a canine friend helped to find cocaine.

Colne police’s PC Mark Walker was joined by colleagues from Nelson, Lancashire Special Constabulary, Pendle Council’s Licensing Enforcement Officer and William the black Labrador sniffer dog on a Friday night visit to eight pubs in Colne, Nelson and Barrowford.

During a four hour stint from 8pm until midnight, 19 people were identified by William and three people were found to be in possession of cocaine.

A quantity of cocaine was also found discarded in an area of one of the pubs.

The three people are continuing to help police with their investigations.

PC Walker said each licensee visited was supportive of the operation aimed at reassuring the public that police remain tough on drugs and to support licensees in their efforts to help deal with problems.

PC Walker said: “Drugs wreck lives. There is not an issue within our licensed premises but it must be made clear that drugs and alcohol combined are a bad combination.

“We want people to be able to come to Pendle and enjoy the vibrant night time economy and not have it blighted by a small, senseless few.

“I think it was a positive result for us, firstly because we didn’t find many drugs at all and secondly William identified three people who were in possession of drugs.”

And Mick Armfield, Pendle Council’s Licensing Enforcement Officer, said: “Pubs and clubs in Pendle want to create a safe and drugs free environment for their customers.

“In order to assist them in achieving this, each licensee has been issued with drug detecting wipes and a drugs information pack.”