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Police officers commended after Grantham investigation reveals large amount of cannabis

Police officers who attended an incident in a Grantham street and later discovered a significant amount of cannabis have been commended for their actions.

Seven officers were commended for their part in the investigation in July last year at a special awards ceremony held at Lincolnshire Police headquarters, hosted by Chief Superintendent Nikki Mayo, area commander for the West Area of Lincolnshire.

On July 5, 2018, officers were called to a report of a domestic incident in Bridge Street in Grantham. When they arrived they noticed a man in the street acting suspiciously. As officers approached him, he ran off but was detained after a chase on foot. The man had an incapacitant spray on him.

Police officers were commended for their actions at a special awards ceremony held at Lincolnshire Police headquarters. (12073633)
Police officers were commended for their actions at a special awards ceremony held at Lincolnshire Police headquarters. (12073633)

The officers’ attention was then drawn to an address in Bridge Street where two occupants were discovered with significant facial injuries, along with a substantial cannabis grow. Enquiries in the area led police to two more people involved along with a vehicle. Prompt communication with the control room resulted in the vehicle being stopped in Leicestershire. On searching the potential route taken by the second suspect, a significant quantity of cannabis was recovered.

The seven officers who were honoured for their part in the investigation were PC Jordan Bathie-Drexler, PC Matt Trayling, PC Chris Bayes-Walker, Sgt Jim Morrison, PC Becky Baker, PC Nick Fox and PC Pete McErlean.

A police spokesman said: "This was an unexpectedly challenging and extremely fluid incident with multiple and varied demands being placed on those in attendance. The alertness of the initial attending officers, supported by the prompt, agile and coordinated approach of their colleagues, meant that all initial lines of enquiry were maximised. Their actions ensured that dangerous offenders were apprehended and a significant quantity of drugs recovered."

Chief Supt Mayo said: “We often refer to ourselves as family force and this event is an opportunity to recognise the achievements of the individuals and to say thank you to the families of our officers and staff. The awards ceremony has a large number of recipients, which tells of the excellent work and achievements of them all.

“The real achievement for all our recipients is not necessarily the certificate, the handshake or the photographs, but the real difference that has been made to keep members of our communities safe, to apprehend a serious offender, to resolve complex crimes or in the most extreme circumstances to save someone’s life. There are not many jobs where you can have such a significant impact on the lives of the community and contribute to such a fundamentally positive outcome.”


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