THE fight against late-night crime was taken to the streets of St Neots on Friday (June 27) as police set up airport style metal detectors and used sniffer dogs to search pub goers. The operation was the first of its kind in the town for more than 10 years and was aimed at tackling the nationwide problems of knife crime and drug use. Officers set up a scanning arch at the entrance to the Priory bar in Market Square, with partygoers also facing sniffer dogs on the door. More than 700 people passed through the police searches between 9pm and 1am in the operation that involved 24 officers working with CCTV operators and pub door staff to catch people trying to avoid the searches. Fifteen were caught out by sniffer dogs and one person was arrested for possession of Class A drugs and another cautioned for possession of a 'bladed article'. Sgt Rachel Gourlay and Pc Neil English, of the St Neots and District Neighbourhood Policing Team, led the operation and said it had been a success.