THREE men have been arrested on drugs charges after police spotted them acting suspiciously in St Mark’s Park.

Two tried to run off but were caught while the other was arrested straight away.

Police were in the park at 10.30am on Wednesday when the men, one of whom had a blade on him, arrived.

A 23-year-old man from London was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to supply class A drugs, possession of class B drugs and breaching a criminal behaviour order.

Officers arrested a Surrey man, 34, for being concerned in the supply of drugs and the third man, 19, from Swindon was arrested on conspiracy to supply class A drugs, possessing a knife or blade in a public place and possession of class B drugs with intent to supply.

All were later released for further investigation.

PC Ian Woodward said: “Officers continue to carry out patrols and targeted operations in the St Mark’s park area to disrupt drug activity.

“The area should be a safe place for the public to enjoy, especially young people, and we are committed to dismantling drugs networks and protecting the vulnerable people within our communities."

“We would encourage members of the public to continue to report any suspected drug use in their neighbourhood or local area. All the information we receive helps build up an intelligence picture so we can take appropriate action."

Anyone wanting to report drug activity can call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.