Arrests after police dogs sent in to Hartlepool pubs as part of drugs operation

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TWO canine crime fighters have hit the streets of Hartlepool in one of their first operations since joining a force as drugs dogs.

Specially trained black Labradors, Roxy and Sam, joined Cleveland Police officers to identify those suspected of possessing drugs while in the town’s bars and clubs on the night of Saturday, January 25.

Officers entered premises in Catcote Road, Stockton Road, and Church Street, among revellers who were enjoying the town’s nightlife.

The passive drugs dogs made indications to police and as a result a 29-year-old man has been summoned to court accused of possession of Class A drugs, while a second 29-year-old man received a caution for possession of Class A drugs.

A 43-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences and released on bail pending further investigations, and a 34-year-old man, a 28-year-old man and 31-year-old man are due to attend custody as voluntary attenders.

Detective Constable Matthew Hewitt, of Cleveland Police, said: “Drugs misuse blights lives and communities and it’s important that we continue to carry out these operations.

“The new dogs have proved to be a vital asset and should act as a warning to anyone thinking of possessing drugs while out and about across Hartlepool and Cleveland.”

Anyone with information on drugs misuse should contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency number 101.