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Suspected meth factory in hostel

October 06 2011
 Dorset Fire and Rescue called in and building cordoned off as a precaution


Police have uncovered a suspected crystal meth factory at Sunrise Lodge in Bournemouth.

Officers were called to the homeless hostel, believed to be divided up into flats, just before 10.30am on Monday 19 September, after staff raised concerns about suspicious items found at the address.

Due to fears about the potentially lethal chemicals used to prepare crystal meth, Dorset Fire and Rescue were called to the property on Spencer Road, Boscombe. As a precaution, a number of residents were evicted and the building was cordoned off. Nearby residents were given advice in relation to the substances involved and inquiries are being carried out by drug experts.

At the time of writing, no arrests have been made. Detective Inspector Steve Thorpe of Bournemouth CID told the Bournemouth Echo: “We are working closely with our partners in this incident and we are taking precautionary steps to keep the public safe.”

Police have urged members of the public with information about drug use in the area to report it in confidence. DI Thorpe added: “We are determined to show those involved in criminality that it will not be tolerated.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the police on the new non-emergency number, 101, or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111. Mobile phone tariffs may apply.