Two arrested following drugs bust at Ripon’s South Lodge
Last updated Feb 9, 2024
Police at the scene today.

Police arrested two men and seized suspected cocaine and other drugs in a raid at South Lodge in Ripon today.

North Yorkshire Police said in a statement this afternoon its Harrogate outer neighbourhood policing team seized suspected class A and class B drugs at the pub, which is on Harrogate Road.

It said the substances, which are believed to be cocaine, cannabis and “items relating to drugs supply”, would be sent for lab analysis.

A man in his 20s and a man in his 50s have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences, police said.

Today’s statement added:

“They are currently in police custody while the investigation continues.”

Picture: North Yorkshire Police.

Police also found cash and weapons at the property.

Sergeant Pierre Olesqui, from the team, said:

“If you have any concerns about drugs in your community, we want to hear from you.

“We regularly act on information supplied by residents who want to ensure their community stays safe and drug-free.”

If you’d like to share information about drugs where you live, you can call North Yorkshire Police on 101 and select option 1, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Weighing scales and cash found at South Lodge in Ripon during drug raid.

Picture: North Yorkshire Police

Pub ‘closed for the foreseeable’

The news comes just months after South Lodge re-opened in October under new ownership.

Sinead Flanagan, the daughter of landlord Terry Flanagan, posted on social media today:

“Pub is closed for the foreseeable. Apologies in advance, not sure what’s gone on myself.”

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