Forty seven people have been arrested in connection with dealing spice in and around Piccadilly Gardens, whilst another 64 users have been referred for support so far this year as part of an operation to crackdown on drugs and antisocial behaviour.
In addition, 18 people have been arrested for dealing cannabis in Piccadilly Gardens, one for dealing crack cocaine and two for dealing heroin.
The work has taken place this year as part of Operation Mandera, which was launched in 2013 by police and partners in response to concerns about antisocial and drug-related activity in Piccadilly Gardens.
Inspector Phil Spurgeon, from GMP’s Manchester city centre team, said: “By developing tactics and partnerships, particularly with Manchester City Council’s Antisocial Behaviour Action Team, the CPS and the courts, we have taken dealers off the streets and helped users to get the support that they need, something that will ultimately help us tackle this issue.
“We are committed to continuing this partnership work to keep Manchester safe for people coming to enjoy our city centre, but we need the continued support of the community in reporting suspicious incidents through 101, or 999 in an emergency.”