Facebook page leads to an arrest

6 February 2011, 09:09 | Updated: 16 February 2011, 15:16

A Facebook page has been shut down after it was being used to entice children to buy drugs.

Police arrested a 17-year-old youth from the Lodge Park area of Corby, Northants after they received a report that a Facebook page was being used to sell drugs.

During the arrest, officers seized computer equipment, drugs paraphernalia and mobile phones.

The Facebook page, which had more than 200 friends, was shut down.

Inspector Gary Williams, Corby Sector Commander, said: “We take all reports of criminal activity seriously, and would positively encourage community intelligence, and where possible for the public to tell us their concerns and any information they have.

“We acted swiftly in this case to establish the details and take necessary actions. We are continuing with our investigation into the Facebook page.

“We will also be undertaking activity in schools through the Safer Schools Partnership, to promote Internet safety, highlight the dangers and offer support.”

Officers are committed to tackling drug activity in Corby, and this latest arrest comes just months after a week of action saw a series of high profile drugs warrants executed and numerous arrests made at a number of properties in the area.