A SNIFFER dog has carried out drug searches at a college in Tiverton.

Police officers from the Mid Devon Neighbourhood Team, Devon and Cornwall Dog section and safeguarding leads from Petroc College conducted a passive drugs dog operation at the campus in Tiverton. 

No drugs were found on the site, and the police said the operation was a success.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "This was an educational operation aimed at ensuring local children and young adults are safeguarded against those that would wish to bring drugs onto the site."

Sgt Mike Warriner from Tiverton Neighbourhood Team said: “The aim of the operation was to prevent and deter those who would wish to bring controlled substances on educational premises.

“I was pleased to see that there were no drugs found, and would look again to work with the college and other educational sites to help safeguard and educate our local children about the dangers of becoming involved in drugs.”

Doug Morris, Petroc safeguarding officer said: “Petroc has a zero tolerance drugs policy and, as part of our safeguarding policy, we work closely with a number of agencies throughout the year to ensure our campuses are safe at all times.

“On November 1 we carried out an operation at our Mid Devon Campus, with support from Devon and Cornwall Police, and we are pleased to report that all students and staff were compliant and no drugs were found on site.

“We thank the police for their continued support in ensuring we provide a safe learning environment for our students.”