Firearm, machete, dogs and motorbikes seized in Hartlepool raids

SEIZED: Motorbikes are taken away from a property in Belk Street
SEIZED: Motorbikes are taken away from a property in Belk Street

POLICE seized weapons and motorbikes and called in the RSPCA to take away two dogs during raids.

Four suspected stolen motorcycles were removed by officers during the swoops, along with two bull terriers amid “serious concerns for their welfare”.

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The searches took place on the morning of Monday, October 21, in Belk Street, Hartlepool.

Weapons including a firearm and a machete were recovered along with a small amount of cannabis and more than £1,500 in cash.

The two dogs, both Staffordshire bull terriers, were removed under the Animal Welfare Act by the RSPCA after concerns were raised by officers searching the houses.

Two men, aged 33 and 34, were arrested on suspicion of money laundering and criminal damage and have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Detective Sergeant Daryll Tomlinson, of Hartlepool Police, said: “Officers carried out two separate warrants at two addresses on Belk Street yesterday morning.

“Two men were arrested, four suspected stolen motorbikes were seized as well as potentially dangerous weapons and two dogs were removed due to concerns for their welfare.

“We will always act upon information that is given to us by members of the public and would encourage anyone who may have information on criminal activity to contact us on 101.”