Student officers join drug enforcement and motoring offences operation in Ulverston


An operation targeting drug supply and motoring offences in Ulverston has resulted in two people being arrested.

The two-day operation, which took place last week, seen student officers join officers from the Constabulary’s Tactical Support Group as part of a crackdown on drug-related crime and motoring offences in the area.

Paul Rapka, aged 30, of Kent Square, Ulverston, was charged with taking a motor vehicle without consent, fail to stop, using a motor vehicle without insurance and driving a motor vehicle without a licence. He is scheduled to appear before Barrow Magistrates’ Court on 19 July.

A 23-year-old man, from Barrow, was arrested on suspicion of driving a motor vehicle over the specified limit of drugs and possession of cocaine. He was released under investigation.

The arrests followed the use of proactive stop and search powers.

Student officers also assisted the Tactical Support Group in locating a high-risk missing person and building a greater intelligence picture on drug-supply in the local area.

Sergeant Alan McNulty said:

“We regularly run such operations to target those who seek to commit crimes in the local area.

“The student officers who joined us in this operation provided us with great assistance as they applied learning from their training to the reality of tackling crime in Cumbria.

“I would like to encourage anyone who has any information on drug supply to contact us and tell us what you know. The supply of drugs has a detrimental impact on local communities, be it those directly involved or the wider community who are impacted by the consequences.

“Your information can be vital in efforts to keep people safe. Please don’t stay silent, let us know your concerns or information and we will do all we can to robustly deal with those involved in this form of crime.”

Anyone with information on the supply of drugs is encouraged to contact police. You can report online at or call 101.

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