Seven arrested in police raids

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Seven people have been arrested in early morning raids as part of a continued police crackdown on illegal drugs and acquisitive crime.

Officers targeted nine properties in Whitley Bay, Killingworth and Shiremoor, including a bar and hotel, in the raids on Friday, May 8.

This operation is a direct result of feedback from the local community and forms part of an ongoing operation that has been running over the past 12 months in the Whitley Bay area

Chief Inspector Jamie Pitt

Six men – aged 39, 30, 28, 23, 43,37 and 21 – were arrested on suspicion of drugs offences and one on suspicion of theft.

Controlled drugs including cocaine, MDMA and cannabis were seized along with suspected stolen property including sat navs, power tools and iPhones.

Chief Inspector Jamie Pitt said: “This operation is a direct result of feedback from the local community and forms part of an ongoing operation that has been running over the past 12 months in the Whitley Bay area.

“These arrests are just the start of this phase of the activity and with the support of partners we will continue to target those in our communities that cause harm and are responsible for crime.

“This morning’s activity should send a strong and clear message to anyone considering committing crimes in the Whitley Bay area, that the police are working with partners and the community to identify them and take action.”

Whitley Bay Neighbourhood Inspector Jim Gray said: “We’re committed to supporting the greater regeneration of Whitley Bay. We are determined to make it a hostile environment for criminals to operate in; pro-active operations, involving Northumbria Police and partner agencies, are one of the means by which we are achieving that.”