Commuters checked for drugs

COMMUTERS returning to Ipswich Railway Station were met by large numbers of police - and a dog called Ozzy - last night.

Anthony Bond

COMMUTERS returning to Ipswich Railway Station were met by large numbers of police - and a dog called Ozzy - last night.

British Transport Police were carrying out an operation to target people carrying drugs on the railways. Police used 2-year-old working Cocker Spaniel Ozzy who is able to identify those carrying drugs.

Sergeant Paolo Boggi said: “The intention is to try and disrupt the use of drugs on the railways because we know they are used to transport drugs around the country. The station is also used for delivery and pick-up points because it is an easy place for people to find.

“If you use drugs and bring drugs on the train you are more likely to get caught than out on the streets.”

More than 20 police officers - with some plain clothed - were used during the operation. Police officers were at the station from 3pm until early evening.