A POLICE chase on bicycles in Hordle resulted in a teenager arrested for drug supply offences after evidence of cannabis dealing and thousands of pounds in cash was found.
The drama unfolded on Saturday afternoon when Acting Sergeant Wood spotted two suspicious youngsters cycling though the village while patrolling the recreation ground off Vaggs Lane.
He cycled after them on his bike, and a mile-long chase ensued as they rode along Ashley Lane and on to Silver Street.
As APS Wood closed in on the youths, a passing motorist helped slow them down with their vehicle, before one youngster pedalled off along Agars Lane.
He hit a ford, and the officer removed him from his bike for a drugs search. This revealed a small amount of cannabis, as well as several hundred pounds in cash – both of which were seized.
New Milton officers tracked down the other teenager a short time later and found similar items on him.
A 17-year-old boy from Lymington was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class B drug, and was later de-arrested while investigations continued.
The home addresses of both youths were searched, uncovering evidence of cannabis dealing and nearly £2,600 in cash, which was seized.
A post on the Lymington Cops and New Milton Cops Facebook pages said investigations regarding both of the youngsters were ongoing. The driver who helped in the chase was also praised.
“APS Wood would like to extend his thanks to the unknown member of the public who helped slow the teenagers down, enabling him to catch up,” the post said.
“If you were the driver, please get in contact as your help was invaluable and we would like to recognise that.”
Meanwhile, patrolling officers stopped four men in Lymington High Street in response to reports of suspicious activity. All four were searched under suspicion of ‘going equipped’ for an offence.
One of the quartet was found to have drugs on him and a search of his home address later uncovered further items.
Later on that day, two other men were stopped and searched, with one found in possession of a class A drug, and the other with a bottle of ammonia. The latter was also found to have been in breach of a restraining order.
People are also being urged to contact police if they have information about drug supply offences following a raid on a Lymington home which took place last Friday morning.
Officers from the town and New Milton’s neighbourhood policing teams swooped on the property to carry out a search warrant. They were supported by Hampshire Constabulary’s marine unit.
A post afterwards on the Lymington Cops Facebook page added that an investigation was being carried out and urged people to report drug dealing via www.hampshire.police.uk
* An earlier version of the story stated two teenagers had been arrested. This was later confirmed to be one.