FIVE people have been arrested on suspicion of drug offences and two addresses have been closed following a successful police operation in Highbridge.

Officers from Operation Remedy and the neighbourhood policing team executed three warrants at three properties in the town after intelligence indicated they were involved in the supply of drugs.

The police operation on Friday (November 15) resulted in the seizure of a significant amount of Class A and B drugs and the closure of two additional addresses in Highbridge.

Four men and a woman, aged between 17 and 51, who were arrested on suspicion of drug offences, have since been released under investigation.

Sergeant Scott Minall, of Operation Remedy, said: “Drug dealing is a blight on the community and we take the supply of illegal drugs extremely seriously.

“This operation was launched following community concerns about drug dealing in the area, and is the result of a coordinated effort between Operation Remedy officers and the neighbourhood policing teams to catch and apprehend drug dealers.

“We continue to work hard to remove drug dealers from our streets.

"I hope that these arrests will reassure local communities and send a clear message that drug dealing will not be tolerated in Avon and Somerset.”

Operation Remedy is a coordinated effort in Avon and Somerset to improve force performance in relation to residential burglary, knife crime and the illegal supply of controlled drugs.

Chief inspector Lisa Simpson, area commander for Somerset West, said: “We have zero tolerance for the supply of drugs in our community, which naturally targets the most vulnerable people whom we work in partnership to protect. I hope that the results of the police operation conducted by Operation Remedy will deter any drug dealers from continuing to operate on our streets.

“These actions will be followed up with a thorough investigation by the neighbourhood policing team while the anti-social behaviour team will work with partner agencies to prevent these individuals using these addresses for criminal purposes.

“We want drug dealers to understand they are not welcome in our communities and we will stop them from operating at all cost."