Woodston teen drug dealer given Peterborough city centre ban
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A teenage drug dealer must not enter Peterborough city centre after admitting to dealing class A drugs.
The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named because of his age, confessed to possession with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine at Huntingdon Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, July 13.
He also pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis.
Cambridgeshire Constabulary officers arrested the boy, who is from Woodston in south-east Peterborough, in the Rivergate area of the city on Friday, May 20.
According to the force, a plain-clothes officer spoke with the group of drug dealers and identified himself.
The 17-year-old ran off from the scene, but was caught by a nearby Police Community Support Officer.
A later search uncovered that the boy was carrying almost £800 in cash, a small amount of cannabis and three mobile phones, as well as heroin and crack cocaine worth around £800 which fell out the bottom of his trouser leg.
PC Ash Morgan, who investigated, said: "This was some great proactive work by the local neighbourhood team and Special Constabulary who have been working hard to tackle drug issues in the city.
"We will be working closely with the Youth Offending Team and support services to monitor the boy’s activity and ensure he does not breach any of his conditions, which would be an arrestable offence."
The 17-year-old's ban from Peterborough city centre is due to last for three months.
He was also handed a nine-month youth rehabilitation order.
As part of the order, he must wear an electronic tag and follow a 9pm-7am curfew for three weeks.
He must reside at a specific address in Peterborough.
A Cambridgeshire Constabulary spokesperson said concerns around drug dealing can be reported online: https://www.cambs.police.uk/
In an online statement, a police spokesperson said drug dealing can be linked with violence or exploitation of young or vulnerable people.
The statement reads: "Drug dealing groups often use young people to deliver their drugs, by paying them or by forcing them through violence and grooming."
They added: "It's important to spot the signs of drug activity and please report information about crime online so that we can prevent vulnerable people falling victim to this crime."