Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Six arrested in Southampton drugs operation

Motorist stopped during Operation Alcatraz
Image caption Nine vehicles were seized and taken of the roads during the operation

Six people have been arrested in Southampton during a police operation to crack down on the drugs trade.

Hampshire Constabulary said they created a "ring of steel" around the city on Wednesday to disrupt the supply of class A drugs.

About 150 officers from British Transport Police, the UK Border Agency and Thames Valley Police took part in Operation Alcatraz.

The initiative was part of a wider two-year operation costing £2.5m.

Operation Fortress was set up in response to a number of violent incidents in the city, including a shooting and a number of stabbings.

As well as the arrests, 34 people were detained on the street for drug searches, seven people received cannabis warnings, nine vehicles were seized and taken off the roads for offences and a quantity of class A drugs were recovered.

Supt Jason Bunyard, of British Transport Police, said: "Our aim is to listen to what the community wants from us and act on their concerns."

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