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Police targetting violent drug dealers in Southampton are investigating after a man was bundled into a car and forced to strip.
Around 11.20pm Monday, November 19, the victim, a 31-year-old man, was chased by two men and forced into the
back seat of a light coloured car near to the junction of Denzil Avenue and Derby Road.
The vehicle travelled up Denzil Avenue towards Onslow Road. The victim was forced to strip and made to get out of the car around Southcliff Road where, after a short time, his clothes were given back to him.
Earlier in the evening, around 7.15pm, it is believed the same man was chased by two other men into West Quay shopping centre.
The incidents are being investigated by the Operation Fortress team which was set up to reduce the impact of drug-related violence around Southampton.
DC Mark Edis from the team said:
''I'd like to speak to anyone who witnessed either of these incidents both of which happened in very busy areas. Even at that time of night there would have been people going about their normal business.
Please contact us in confidence if you have any information you think may help, no matter how small, or if you would like to speak to the Operation Fortress team about drug-related violence where you live around Southampton.''
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Operation Fortress team in confidence on 101 or the anonymous
Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.