West Lancashire Labour MP, Rosie Cooper, commented following the release of crime statistics.
MP Rosie said:
"Lancashire Police should be congratulated for the reduction in crime across the West Lancashire Area. The increased detection of drug offences are a direct result of intelligence led targeted police activity. Local residents will be delighted that the Police are responding to information they are giving the police via their local PACT meetings, crimestoppers intelligence and other community information about drug related criminality. These higher figures tend to show the level of police activity in tackling the drugs problem and do not necessarily reflect an increase in or the extent of the drug problems within an area."
"Having been on the beat with the police and even joining them on a drugs raid I know that tackling drugs-related criminality is a priority both locally and nationally. At a national level the government is trying to target all parts of the drug supply chain. Figures published by Serious Organised Crime Agency showed that Class A drugs with a street value of over £3 billion were seized in 2006/07."
"Drugs have devastating effects for individuals, families and can tear communities apart, so if you have any information about drug related activity and can help rid West Lancashire of this problem tell your local policeman or anonymously give information by phoning Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."