PASSIVE drug alert dog Patch was out in force last night in the latest day of action under Operation Harness.

Patch and his handler, PC Steve Duffy, spent six hours searching the pubs and clubs in Old Town and the town centre for controlled narcotics, with Patch sniffing out nine people who were in possession or who had encountered drugs in the past week.

Two of these people proved to have controlled substances on them.

Insp Adrian Burt of Wiltshire Police, who lead the operation, was pleased that the numbers were relatively low.

He said: “This is less than we would expect, and footfall was lower on Friday than we thought but less indications is good news.”