Three are arrested in drugs raid

A lady is taken away by police officers following a  raid at a house in St Oswald's Street
A lady is taken away by police officers following a raid at a house in St Oswald's Street

THREE people were arrested after police carried out a drugs swoop in the latest part of a town-wide crackdown.

Officers stormed into a house in St Oswalds Street, in Hartlepool, shortly after 1pm yesterday.

The raid is the sixth of its kind in the last month as police continue to work with local residents to blitz those believed to be involved in drugs possession and supply in the town.

Prior to yesterday’s raid, suspected cannabis with a street value of £30,000 was discovered in converted lofts, bedrooms and garden sheds in addresses in Winterbottom Avenue, Jowitt Road, Lamberd Road and two in Allerton Close, resulting in five arrests.

And the crackdown continued as two large cannabis plants were discovered in the house in St Oswalds Street after officers forced entry through the front and back doors.

Shortly afterwards, a 59-year-old woman, a 32-year-old woman and a 39-year-old man were all arrested on suspicion of possession of class B drugs.

Inspector Paul Haytack, of Hartlepool Police, said: “These series of raids highlight our relentless work to tackle those thought to be responsible for blighting communities with drugs misuse and supply.”

Neighbours rushed outside and watched from windows as police stormed the house yesterday.

Officers and a sniffer dog picked through the property for more than two hours and the three people who were arrested remained in police custody last night.

Of the five men who were arrested in connection with the previous five raids, three received police cautions, and two remain on bail pending forensic analysis of the suspected Class B drugs.

Those five raids were carried out after drugs warrants were obtained from Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, November 7.

Inspector Haytack added: “We will continue to speak with residents to address their concerns at a local level and I hope that this crackdown sends a strong message to those thinking of being involved in criminality that we will do whatever possible to bring you to justice.”

The raids were carried out by Hartlepool officers in the North and Coastal Neighbourhood Policing Team using intelligence from members of the public and with support of Hartlepool Drugs Unit.