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Operation Trident

Alert message sent 19/05/2020 17:26:00

Information sent on behalf of Durham Constabulary

Good Afternoon Citizen

As you may have heard through our social media pages, Operation Trident has been running for two weeks with great success.
During the first week in Consett, Stanley and Chester le Street, our officers across the West of County Durham have been working hard keeping our communities safe.
Alongside all of the calls coming into the control room, we have proactively dealt with a number of incidents. Throughout the night we have had 3 cars seized from Chester le Street and Stanley where they have been driven with no insurance! The drivers have been reported to court for offences.
A man was arrested for harassment, has been dealt with for the offence and has been referred to Durham Constabulary's Checkpoint offender management programme.
Another car was stopped by our officers travelling between Grange Villa and Craghead, and the driver was arrested for driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs
Yet another car was stopped in Consett where police suspected the driver to be drunk. He was, and was consequently arrested. His evidential sample in custody was nearly three times over the limit.
We also arrested a man for breaching the conditions of his electronic tag in Stanley, stopped and searched a man and woman at 2:30 in the morning acting suspiciously following recent car crime in the area, and made checks on a man who has recently been charged with a series of theft from motor vehicles.
In the second week of Operation Trident, here is a little glimpse of what our officers have been doing to proactively tackle crime in the area.
During the course of the weekend, police attended a disturbance in Annfield Plan. As a result officers forced entry into a premises and a cannabis grow was located inside. A man was arrested and has since been charged with cultivation of cannabis.
In the early hours of Sunday morning police stopped a vehicle acting suspiciously in the Pelton Fell area. A search was conducted and cannabis located on one of the occupants. They were given a street caution at the roadside for possession of cannabis.
At around the same time another officer also stopped a vehicle in the Chester le Street area after suspecting the driver was under the influence. The driver failed the roadside drugs wipe and was arrested. Samples have been taken and sent off to the lab which will determine if the driver was over the limit and will be charged.
Over the weekend a man from Stanley was arrested for stalking offences. He has since been charged following a decision by CPS and has been remanded to prison to appear at court in the coming weeks.
On Sunday evening officers were alerted to two men acting suspiciously having come out of a commercial premises near to Consett. Both men were arrested on suspicion of burglary, and an investigation is ongoing by CID.
Over the weekend a vehicle was stolen from the Chester le Street area in a reported burglary. The vehicle has subsequently recovered and is back with the rightful owner. Forensic enquiries are ongoing and police have identified a suspect who is now wanted.
Police have just arrested a male following a significant foot chase around the Avenues area of Chester le Street. He was wanted for numerous shopliftings and will be dealt with in the following hours.
If you have any information you would like to pass to us which will help us target crime and criminals in your area you can contact us on 101, through our live chat, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

Stay safe,
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Brian Donnelly (Police, PCSO, West)

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