Three arrested after drug raids launched

THREE men were arrested after police executed search warrants in a crackdown on the cultivation and possession of drugs.

The pre-planned warrants were carried out at addresses in Hastings and St Leonards throughout Tuesday.

The first of the three raids was at an address in Warrior Square.

Officers found a bag which is thought to have been stolen from a student in the area in July and a small quantity of cannabis resin.

A 25-year-old man from St Leonards was arrested for possession of cannabis resin and robbery. He was given police bail until 19 September.

A second warrant was carried out at Grove Road where Paul Hughes-Hill, 44, who lives at the address, was arrested and charged with possession of cannabis resin.

Hughes-Hill was given police bail to appear at Hastings Magistrates Court on 21 August.

The third warrant was executed at Waterside Close where equipment for growing cannabis was discovered.

A total of six cut plants and six growing plants seized and a large black bag of cannabis leaf had been harvested.

A 47-year-old man from Hastings was arrested for possession and production of cannabis and was given a caution.

Chief inspector Heather Keating, district commander, said: “The day of action was the start of an ongoing campaign for us to deal with organised crime groups.

“Our intention is to act quickly turning information into intelligence and then to act robustly to stop and disrupt this activity.

“I appeal directly to any members of our community who have information about the cultivation or dealing of drugs to tell us immediately or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously.” Anyone with information can contact Hastings Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111