Police and Crime Commissioner criticised for drug smuggling comments

AVON and Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has been criticised after suggesting Lyme Regis would be a good place to smuggle drugs through.

Sue Mountstevens suggested she would use Lyme Regis as a gateway to the UK, as it might be easier than through a dedicated port such as Dover, when speaking about drug smuggling at a recent PCC and police public forum in Bristol.

Ms Mountstevens told the meeting: “Our colleagues at the border agencies do phenomenal work and they work very closely with our crime units.

“But if you look at all the ports that are around, we’re an island. So if I was a drug dealer, I probably wouldn’t go to Dover.

“I would go down to Lyme Regis or somewhere like that.”

Lyme Regis town councillors have criticised her comments as “disgraceful”, “silly” and said they do not want to encourage the importing of drugs.

In a statement following the comments, Ms Mountstevens said: “I wanted to make an important point about the vulnerabilities of Britain’s coastline in regards to the movement of illegal drugs, and there was no malicious intent behind my mentioning of the resort by name.”

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