A Swindon man was arrested in Chiseldon last night following concerns from members of the public that drug dealing had been taking place.

Wiltshire Police received a report from the public shortly before 7pm on April 16, reporting a strong smell of cannabis coming from a vehicle near Swindon. There were concerns reported that the occupant of the vehicle was involved in drug dealing.

Officers located the vehicle and followed it to the Esso service station in Chiseldon and detained a 24-year-old man. The man fought with officers, pushing one against a vehicle causing damage to the bumper. He then ran from the scene, but officers pursued him and arrested him a short time later.

He was arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class A drug, concerned in the supply of class A drugs, criminal damage and obstructing police in the execution of their duty.

Approximately £500 cash was seized from the vehicle as well as a packet containing white powder.

Superintendent Adrian Burt said: “This case highlights the importance of community intelligence. We rely on members of the public to act as our eyes and ears and inform us of any suspicious behaviour or vehicles, so that we can take appropriate action.

“Fortunately, the officer involved in this incident was not injured, however, this kind of behaviour and disrespect will not be tolerated.”

The man remains in custody at Gablecross today for further questioning.

To report suspected drug activity in your area, call 101.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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