POLICE have arrested two men, and detained a 14-year-old boy, as the Isle of Wight Police’s High Harm Team continues to crack down on drugs and weapons.

Officers have been developing and piecing together intelligence, which led to action being taken in Freshwater last week.

On Thursday (June 16), police carried out a warrant at an address of Monks Lane, seizing cash as well and a small quantity of Class A and B drugs.

Police have also been following up on intelligence relating to drug supply in the Shanklin area, which led to some arrests on Sunday (June 12).

A man was stopped and searched on Regent Street, and officers conducted further searches at two nearby addresses.

Cash and cannabis were seized, and police arrested an 18-year-old man and 19-year-old man on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class B drugs.

They were released from custody but remain under investigation.

Last Wednesday (June 15), an off-duty police officer in Ryde detained a 14-year-old boy who was suspected of carrying an imitation firearm as well as possessing cannabis.

He was interviewed under caution for these offences, and enquiries continue.

Superintendent Jim Pegler, Isle of Wight District Commander, said: “Our proactive High Harm Team has already been busy and working hard to pull pieces of intelligence together that have been coming in from the community and have been targeting affected areas and perpetrators.

“I want to be clear to anyone on the Island who is involved in drugs supply, who carries a knife, a weapon, a firearm – whether it’s real or not, if you intend to use this for criminal purposes, then we are going to take action.

“We want our communities to please keep reporting information to us as this intelligence is key to informing our operational activity.

“Depending on what’s reported, you may not see an immediate police response, but I can reassure you we will be working behind the scenes to pull the bigger picture together.”