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Targeted police activity in Redhill results in 56 arrests

A partnership initiative to improve safety in Redhill has resulted in 56 arrests along with the recovery of drugs, cash and knives. Surrey Police’s targeted activity is part of a comprehensive community plan to reduce crime and help foster pride in the town centre.   

Earlier this year, Surrey Police, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner and YMCA East Surrey announced they had joined forces with local partners to address crime and anti-social behaviour in Redhill. This action followed a survey for residents and visitors to the town which highlighted community concerns around anti-social behaviour (ASB), drugs, shoplifting and violent crime.

Over the past six months, partners have been developing and implementing measures to reduce crime as part of the Safer Redhill programme. Under this initiative, Surrey Police is conducting proactive operations within Redhill to target and remove criminals operating in the town. This is some of the police activity that has taken place over the past two months:

  • 56 arrests for offences including drugs, drink driving, assault, shoplifting, going equipped for burglary and immigration offences.

  • 21 people charged and 39 community resolutions for lower-level offences.

  • 200+ searches with 26 drug seizures (including 10kg of suspected cocaine), along with the recovery of £17,700 in cash and seven knives.

  • Joint operations at Redhill train station with British Transport Police and rail enforcement officers to target county lines drug dealing.

  • Night-time patrols of the town centre with plain clothed behaviour detection officers to identify suspicious or predatory behaviour.

  • Work with local businesses to conduct days of action focused on stopping shoplifters.

  • 11 joint licensing visits with Reigate and Banstead Borough Council to support premises in keeping patrons safe.

  • Patrols of the surrounding road network to disrupt criminals and target driving offences which resulted in 58 Fixed Penalty Notices.

  • Regular community engagement in the town centre and with local schools.

  • Reigate and Banstead Borough Commander Inspector Jon Vale said: “This initiative is about reducing crime in Redhill for the long-term. Surrey remains the fourth safest county in the UK, but from speaking with residents we know there are concerns about specific patterns of behaviour within the town. It’s important that we are challenging all levels of criminality, as often it can be through disrupting offences such as anti-social behaviour and shoplifting we can see the links, and look to prevent, serious and organised crime in the area.

    “The increase in arrests reflects the targeted operations taking place in Redhill and I want to reassure residents that it’s this activity that is helping us to identify and root out criminal behaviour.

    “The collaborative effort from partners and the community has been fantastic, and the sustained work on measures within the community I hope will have a lasting impact.”

    Watch a short video of what we've been up to here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9mn-7JAA24


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