Hartlepool neighbourhood police make a series of arrests and carry out drug raids during busy month of operations

Neighbourhood police in Hartlepool made a series of arrests and carried out a series of drug raids this month after stepping up operations and listening to residents’ concerns.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 3:42 pm

Since the start of April officers Hartlepool Neighbourhood Policing Team, supported by CID and Special Constabulary colleagues, have been out and about around the clock.

They have been checking curfews are being adhered to, stop checking people in the Foggy Furze and Fens areas, finding wanted people and executing drugs warrants.

Arrests include a 38-year-old in Tristram Avenue on suspicion of shop theft and possession of a bladed article.

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Hartlepool's Mitchell Street was one of the streets police targeted.
Hartlepool's Mitchell Street was one of the streets police targeted.

A 48-year-old man arrested on Westbrooke Avenue and charged with vehicle interference and possession of a class B drug.

A 38-year-old man was charged with motor vehicle interference and theft, and a 43-year-old woman with driving offences.

A 42-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of theft after allegedly being found in possession of a quantity of jewellery.

Drug warrants were issued in Mitchell Street on April 10 when cannabis farm equipment was found and the same day a number of suspected cannabis plants were found in Topcliffe Street.

Hartlepool Police Station, Avenue Road, Hartlepool. Picture by FRANK REID

A 34-year-old man arrested is in custody after being arrested and charged with alleged production of a Class B drug following the discovery of around £200,000 of suspected cannabis in Grange Road on April 20.

Temporary Chief Inspector Mark Haworth said: “Listening to local people’s concerns is key to neighbourhood policing and residents have told us they’re worried about attempted thefts, motor vehicle interference and burglary so the last three weeks have seen additional patrols by dedicated officers from neighbourhoods, CID and the Special Constabulary working night shifts.

“We urge our residents to continue to tell us who is committing crime and where, and we’ll add to the intelligence we have gathered and act upon this information.”

Police recently increased patrols through the night in wards including Foggy Furze and Rural West involving plain clothed officers in response to residents’ concerns about criminals prowling the streets.

People can contact Cleveland Police by calling 101. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by phoning 0800 555111.

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