CRIME-FIGHTING initiatives will continue despite an “uncertain financial future” after police chiefs hailed a week-long blitz on suspected offenders.
Officers in Hartlepool arrested 49 people during Operation Tornado, a seven-day crackdown that ran across Cleveland Police’s four districts last week.
The figure is almost half of all suspects taken in by police during the week of action.
Hartlepool’s crimefighters also made 150 stop-checks, seized suspected heroin and amphetamine drugs, gave 11 direction to leave orders to force drunken yobs out of drinking hot spots and logged 37 intelligence reports to be followed up by detectives.
Criminals in debt to the courts were also made to pay £1,000 in outstanding fines while payment orders were made by magistrates for £6,357 in owed court bills.
The Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Sean Price, said: “Crime is at its lowest recorded levels in Cleveland and we are currently in the top three nationally for public confidence.
“Despite the uncertain financial future, I am determined that initiatives like this will continue in order to benefit people living and working in Cleveland.”
Detective Inspector Anne-Marie Salwey, who led the operation in Hartlepool, added: “I am extremely pleased with how the district and the partners have worked together during this highly successful operation.
“But our message is that we are continuing this on, it is business as usual and we will continue to disrupt and arrest those who commit crime in the town.”
The Mail revealed last week how police chiefs had come up with the novel idea of matching the most wanted people in each district with a playing card.
Hartlepool was given the hearts suit, with the ace the most sought person in the town.
Seven of the 13 on the list were captured last week – the four, six, nine, 10, jack, queen and ace.
The Mail reported how the “queen of hearts” was snared at a house in Annandale Crescent, in the West View area of Hartlepool,
Terry Barlow, of Dobson Place, admitted stealing goods from McColl’s, in Murray Street, on January 30 and was sentenced to a three-month community order, a six-week curfew, was banned from the store for three months and was ordered to pay £10 compensation.
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