York Railway Station drugs crackdown

York Press: Section Officer Jayne Seales and Sgt Matt Popple take part in the drugs crackdown at York station Section Officer Jayne Seales and Sgt Matt Popple take part in the drugs crackdown at York station

BRITISH Transport Police launched a special operation to crack down on drugs at York Railway Station.

Volunteer Special Constables took part in the operation with full-time officers from British Transport Police and North Yorkshire Police, in uniform and plain clothes, between 5pm and 11pm on Friday.

The team, which included a sniffer dog, found one person in possession of cannabis. He was given a warning and the drugs were seized and destroyed.

BTP Officer Harry Thompson said: “We frequently conduct drug searches on trains and in stations using a team of drug detection dogs to detect and deter people from carrying illegal substances.”

Special PC Jayne Seales said it was important for volunteer officers to be involved in such operations.

She said: “As BTP Special Constables, we have the same powers as regular police officers and contribute fully to the operation.

“It is a really rewarding job and makes me feel like I’m contributing by helping to clamp down on antisocial behaviour and other criminal activity to make the railway a safer place.”

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8:40am Tue 14 Sep 10

Beagleboy says...

You would think the officers in this operation would utterly embarrased. CRACKDOWN? CRACKDOWN? They stopped one person JUST ONE who was cautioned for possession of cannabis! Surely this mission by the British Transport police must be considered a failiure! What a pathetic and totally pointless operation.

Why didn't they conduct the operation on a Saturday instead when you have hundreds of lads going to football and stag do's etc.
You would think the officers in this operation would utterly embarrased. CRACKDOWN? CRACKDOWN? They stopped one person JUST ONE who was cautioned for possession of cannabis! Surely this mission by the British Transport police must be considered a failiure! What a pathetic and totally pointless operation. Why didn't they conduct the operation on a Saturday instead when you have hundreds of lads going to football and stag do's etc. Beagleboy
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8:54am Tue 14 Sep 10

AdmiralNN says...

He was given a warning and the drugs were seized and destroyed.


Yes by the age old method of rolling it in a bit of paper and burning it till theres nothing left but dust.
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Good work boys, now go get me some doughnuts.
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Also if this lad had a bit more knowledge he would have been able to walk out of there without a caution and his weed. even after being stopped by the police.
[quote] He was given a warning and the drugs were seized and destroyed. [/quote] Yes by the age old method of rolling it in a bit of paper and burning it till theres nothing left but dust. ' Good work boys, now go get me some doughnuts. ' Also if this lad had a bit more knowledge he would have been able to walk out of there without a caution and his weed. even after being stopped by the police. AdmiralNN
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9:09am Tue 14 Sep 10

consumer says...

This is a good demonstration of the utter absurdity of the war on drugs. What an waste of resources.
This is a good demonstration of the utter absurdity of the war on drugs. What an waste of resources. consumer
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9:09am Tue 14 Sep 10

consumer says...

This is a good demonstration of the utter absurdity of the war on drugs. What an waste of resources.
This is a good demonstration of the utter absurdity of the war on drugs. What an waste of resources. consumer
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9:13am Tue 14 Sep 10

Henry Swanson says...

What a flippin waste of time! One guy caught and sent on his way...... yeah glad my taxes are paying for that! Cheers!
What a flippin waste of time! One guy caught and sent on his way...... yeah glad my taxes are paying for that! Cheers! Henry Swanson
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9:29am Tue 14 Sep 10

spiritofyork says...

A tiny bit of bifta = anti-social behaviour? get real and do a proper job. I'm sure that one guy with a bit of weed makes York station extremely dangerous. Jeeeez.
A tiny bit of bifta = anti-social behaviour? get real and do a proper job. I'm sure that one guy with a bit of weed makes York station extremely dangerous. Jeeeez. spiritofyork
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10:44am Tue 14 Sep 10

Woody Mellor says...

Legalise cannabis!
Legalise cannabis! Woody Mellor
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11:16am Tue 14 Sep 10

HTC says...

AdmiralNN wrote:
He was given a warning and the drugs were seized and destroyed.


Yes by the age old method of rolling it in a bit of paper and burning it till theres nothing left but dust.
'
Good work boys, now go get me some doughnuts.
'
Also if this lad had a bit more knowledge he would have been able to walk out of there without a caution and his weed. even after being stopped by the police.
@AdmiralNN

What knowledge exactly would he have needed to get off with posession?
[quote][p][bold]AdmiralNN[/bold] wrote: [quote] He was given a warning and the drugs were seized and destroyed. [/quote] Yes by the age old method of rolling it in a bit of paper and burning it till theres nothing left but dust. ' Good work boys, now go get me some doughnuts. ' Also if this lad had a bit more knowledge he would have been able to walk out of there without a caution and his weed. even after being stopped by the police.[/p][/quote]@AdmiralNN What knowledge exactly would he have needed to get off with posession? HTC
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11:45am Tue 14 Sep 10

AdmiralNN says...

HTC wrote:
AdmiralNN wrote:
He was given a warning and the drugs were seized and destroyed.
Yes by the age old method of rolling it in a bit of paper and burning it till theres nothing left but dust. ' Good work boys, now go get me some doughnuts. ' Also if this lad had a bit more knowledge he would have been able to walk out of there without a caution and his weed. even after being stopped by the police.
@AdmiralNN What knowledge exactly would he have needed to get off with posession?
Sniffer dogs are flawed. Seriously google it. The dog will catch someone, the police will pull you to one side and say, 'do you know why youve been stopped?' and of course most people say 'its because ive got this little bit of weed in my pocket officer' - Bingo, job done! But what if you said 'maybe because he can smell my cat?' Bizzarely there are also quite strict rules on where you can position a drug sniffer dog.
[quote][p][bold]HTC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AdmiralNN[/bold] wrote: [quote] He was given a warning and the drugs were seized and destroyed. [/quote] Yes by the age old method of rolling it in a bit of paper and burning it till theres nothing left but dust. ' Good work boys, now go get me some doughnuts. ' Also if this lad had a bit more knowledge he would have been able to walk out of there without a caution and his weed. even after being stopped by the police.[/p][/quote]@AdmiralNN What knowledge exactly would he have needed to get off with posession?[/p][/quote]Sniffer dogs are flawed. Seriously google it. The dog will catch someone, the police will pull you to one side and say, 'do you know why youve been stopped?' and of course most people say 'its because ive got this little bit of weed in my pocket officer' - Bingo, job done! But what if you said 'maybe because he can smell my cat?' Bizzarely there are also quite strict rules on where you can position a drug sniffer dog. AdmiralNN
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11:47am Tue 14 Sep 10

AngryandFrustrated says...

consumer wrote:
This is a good demonstration of the utter absurdity of the war on drugs. What an waste of resources.
It's not often I agree with you Consumer, but on this you are spot on!!

What concerns me is that I am lead to believe that it is easier to buy coke than weed - if this is true it goes to show the war on drugs is not just absurd, but a complete waste of time and money - Class A drug easier to get than a Class B drug which is legal (or has been de-criminalised) in several countries around the world? Sheer madness.
[quote][p][bold]consumer[/bold] wrote: This is a good demonstration of the utter absurdity of the war on drugs. What an waste of resources.[/p][/quote]It's not often I agree with you Consumer, but on this you are spot on!! What concerns me is that I am lead to believe that it is easier to buy coke than weed - if this is true it goes to show the war on drugs is not just absurd, but a complete waste of time and money - Class A drug easier to get than a Class B drug which is legal (or has been de-criminalised) in several countries around the world? Sheer madness. AngryandFrustrated
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11:49am Tue 14 Sep 10

AngryandFrustrated says...

Beagleboy wrote:
You would think the officers in this operation would utterly embarrased. CRACKDOWN? CRACKDOWN? They stopped one person JUST ONE who was cautioned for possession of cannabis! Surely this mission by the British Transport police must be considered a failiure! What a pathetic and totally pointless operation. Why didn't they conduct the operation on a Saturday instead when you have hundreds of lads going to football and stag do's etc.
Again, spot on, especially as there is a proven link between perpertrators of football violence and the drug of choice they take - coke.
[quote][p][bold]Beagleboy[/bold] wrote: You would think the officers in this operation would utterly embarrased. CRACKDOWN? CRACKDOWN? They stopped one person JUST ONE who was cautioned for possession of cannabis! Surely this mission by the British Transport police must be considered a failiure! What a pathetic and totally pointless operation. Why didn't they conduct the operation on a Saturday instead when you have hundreds of lads going to football and stag do's etc.[/p][/quote]Again, spot on, especially as there is a proven link between perpertrators of football violence and the drug of choice they take - coke. AngryandFrustrated
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12:41pm Tue 14 Sep 10

Top Ten Teaser says...

Woody Mellor, Ye Olde Citee of Yorke says...
10:44am Tue 14 Sep 10

Legalise cannabis!


Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek
Woody Mellor, Ye Olde Citee of Yorke says... 10:44am Tue 14 Sep 10 Legalise cannabis! Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek Top Ten Teaser
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1:01pm Tue 14 Sep 10

TooRelaxed says...

Disgusting infringement of personal liberty and appalling propagandising by the police.
As if it's not enough that they can break into your home go through your stuff and seize your goods on a "tip-off", they can take your car apart at customs and they can violate your bodily cavities on "suspicion", they see fit to interrupt you when you have somewhere to go as well.
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It is a really rewarding job and makes me feel like I’m contributing by helping to clamp down on antisocial behaviour and other criminal activity to make the railway a safer place.”

Tosh! One person carrying a bit of prepared plant material makes the railway a dangerous place? Carrying a drug is anti-social behaviour?
Lies.
I seem to remember a really dangerous thing that happened in recent years on the railway - a posse of police chased an innocent man, held him down and shot him in the back of the head seven times in front of horrified passengers. Still at least no-one had any cannabis, eh?
Disgusting infringement of personal liberty and appalling propagandising by the police. As if it's not enough that they can break into your home go through your stuff and seize your goods on a "tip-off", they can take your car apart at customs and they can violate your bodily cavities on "suspicion", they see fit to interrupt you when you have somewhere to go as well. . [quote]It is a really rewarding job and makes me feel like I’m contributing by helping to clamp down on antisocial behaviour and other criminal activity to make the railway a safer place.” [/quote] Tosh! One person carrying a bit of prepared plant material makes the railway a dangerous place? Carrying a drug is anti-social behaviour? Lies. I seem to remember a really dangerous thing that happened in recent years on the railway - a posse of police chased an innocent man, held him down and shot him in the back of the head seven times in front of horrified passengers. Still at least no-one had any cannabis, eh? TooRelaxed
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3:41pm Tue 14 Sep 10

King Edward says...

Well done BTP for making Community Support Officers look like value for money.
Well done BTP for making Community Support Officers look like value for money. King Edward
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4:18pm Tue 14 Sep 10

MLewisW says...

The police are not the enemy, you know? If you've done nothing wrong, you should have nothing to hide. Give them a break, you could have to rely upon them one day.

I think the fact that only one person was caught is encouraging. It surely suggests that drugs aren't a huge problem in this city.
The police are not the enemy, you know? If you've done nothing wrong, you should have nothing to hide. Give them a break, you could have to rely upon them one day. I think the fact that only one person was caught is encouraging. It surely suggests that drugs aren't a huge problem in this city. MLewisW
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4:24pm Tue 14 Sep 10

Pete the Brickie says...

I've hardly got words. First it takes twenty six of them and nineteen shots to stop two knackered ponies and now this in the same week. Thank god nobody got off the train wearing a panomime horse outfit with all those coppers there, there'd have been a massacre. Security word move tear, they move me to tears of despair. :)
I've hardly got words. First it takes twenty six of them and nineteen shots to stop two knackered ponies and now this in the same week. Thank god nobody got off the train wearing a panomime horse outfit with all those coppers there, there'd have been a massacre. Security word move tear, they move me to tears of despair. :) Pete the Brickie
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4:50pm Tue 14 Sep 10

themanthebeardthelegend says...

MLewisW
"The police are not the enemy, you know? If you've done nothing wrong, you should have nothing to hide."

Tell that to Ian Tomlinson. Or Jean-Charles de Menezes.
MLewisW "The police are not the enemy, you know? If you've done nothing wrong, you should have nothing to hide." Tell that to Ian Tomlinson. Or Jean-Charles de Menezes. themanthebeardthelegend
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6:33pm Tue 14 Sep 10

TooRelaxed says...

MLewisW wrote:
The police are not the enemy, you know? If you've done nothing wrong, you should have nothing to hide. Give them a break, you could have to rely upon them one day.

I think the fact that only one person was caught is encouraging. It surely suggests that drugs aren't a huge problem in this city.
On the contrary, York has always had quite a big heroin scene with many people ending up addicted or on the streets or overdosed in a public toilet.
How about police doing some real work to alleviate the problems in that area instead of making a big show of catching some bloke who intends to smoke a quiet spliff with his mates?
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What these results actually suggest is that idiotic police posturing is just as ineffective as all the other tactics in the "war on drugs".
The people the police were most likely aiming for - cocaine users on a night out - were obviously careful to avoid their attention making the operation a big fat fail.
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When they are enforcing a law which creates more social harm than good then yes, the police are the enemy.
[quote][p][bold]MLewisW[/bold] wrote: The police are not the enemy, you know? If you've done nothing wrong, you should have nothing to hide. Give them a break, you could have to rely upon them one day. I think the fact that only one person was caught is encouraging. It surely suggests that drugs aren't a huge problem in this city.[/p][/quote]On the contrary, York has always had quite a big heroin scene with many people ending up addicted or on the streets or overdosed in a public toilet. How about police doing some real work to alleviate the problems in that area instead of making a big show of catching some bloke who intends to smoke a quiet spliff with his mates? . What these results actually suggest is that idiotic police posturing is just as ineffective as all the other tactics in the "war on drugs". The people the police were most likely aiming for - cocaine users on a night out - were obviously careful to avoid their attention making the operation a big fat fail. . When they are enforcing a law which creates more social harm than good then yes, the police are the enemy. TooRelaxed
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7:19pm Tue 14 Sep 10

DarrenMiles says...

All they had to do was walk into the pub and check out all the fools drinking drugs in glasses. There's the real problem.
All they had to do was walk into the pub and check out all the fools drinking drugs in glasses. There's the real problem. DarrenMiles
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8:19pm Tue 14 Sep 10

fear your government says...

its unanimous,not one letter of support.btp you are a complete set of idiots, go back to sleep.
if you really belive that people smoking cannabis is going to bring down society you really need to open your eyes PATHETIC

1984 anybody?
its unanimous,not one letter of support.btp you are a complete set of idiots, go back to sleep. if you really belive that people smoking cannabis is going to bring down society you really need to open your eyes PATHETIC 1984 anybody? fear your government
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10:44pm Tue 14 Sep 10

Lady Muck of NP says...

1 person caught in 6 hours does not really constitute a huge drug problem.
1 person caught in 6 hours does not really constitute a huge drug problem. Lady Muck of NP
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1:37am Wed 15 Sep 10

pwharley says...

What a waste of resources! One person caught in six hours; then the BTP clear off at 23:00, just before the drunks start turning up on their way home. Jeeeez!
What a waste of resources! One person caught in six hours; then the BTP clear off at 23:00, just before the drunks start turning up on their way home. Jeeeez! pwharley
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9:58am Wed 15 Sep 10

hifive says...

I really can't add anything. Agree with pretty much everything already said on the matter! I want my taxes back please! This was hailed a success? I despair to the extent that I could do with a joint myself! Sorry but drunks cause more problems than some guy with a bit of ganj in his pocket!
I really can't add anything. Agree with pretty much everything already said on the matter! I want my taxes back please! This was hailed a success? I despair to the extent that I could do with a joint myself! Sorry but drunks cause more problems than some guy with a bit of ganj in his pocket! hifive
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10:01am Wed 15 Sep 10

Lizzie Browning says...

Bet they were relieved to catch that 'one' person. He or she seems to have been the difference between abject failure and HUGE success. What a lot of nonsense.
Bet they were relieved to catch that 'one' person. He or she seems to have been the difference between abject failure and HUGE success. What a lot of nonsense. Lizzie Browning
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9:19pm Thu 16 Sep 10

UsernameNotAvailable says...

My views have been amply covered above. What a joke. Hope the guy didn't lose too much weed to these wastes of space.
My views have been amply covered above. What a joke. Hope the guy didn't lose too much weed to these wastes of space. UsernameNotAvailable
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2:13pm Fri 17 Sep 10

FulfordMick says...

AdmiralNN writes : "Also if this lad had a bit more knowledge he would have been able to walk out of there without a caution and his weed. even after being stopped by the police."

and

"The dog will catch someone, the police will pull you to one side and say, 'do you know why youve been stopped?' and of course most people say 'its because ive got this little bit of weed in my pocket officer' - Bingo, job done! But what if you said 'maybe because he can smell my cat?' "

My mate had heard this rumour, and tried it in similar circumstances to the man stopped at York station.

It doesn't work!!! :-(
AdmiralNN writes : "Also if this lad had a bit more knowledge he would have been able to walk out of there without a caution and his weed. even after being stopped by the police." and "The dog will catch someone, the police will pull you to one side and say, 'do you know why youve been stopped?' and of course most people say 'its because ive got this little bit of weed in my pocket officer' - Bingo, job done! But what if you said 'maybe because he can smell my cat?' " My mate had heard this rumour, and tried it in similar circumstances to the man stopped at York station. It doesn't work!!! :-( FulfordMick
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