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Operation Trident

Alert message sent 03/07/2020 14:48:00

Information sent on behalf of Durham Constabulary

Good afternoon Citizen

As we enter July, we have had another busy week across West Durham in and around Consett, Stanley and Chester le Street with our Operation Trident work. Operation Trident is focussed on proactive policing from community concerns and community led intelligence, to tackle the harm where you are living across the west of the county.

Our neighbourhood team at Chester le Street have been dealing with issues raised by the community in Grange Villa. Community Protection Notices have been served on two people causing issues in the locality. A vehicle was seized with assistance from Durham Council wardens on Thursday having found to have no insurance, MOT, or tax, and was parked on the public highway. A section 59 anti-social driving warning notice was also issued to another man following information received from the community. Referrals have also been made to the council Clean & Green team to assist in clearing fly tip locations and the council road sweeper has been deployed to help remove broken glass from the back streets. Police continue to work with our partner agencies in the Private Landlords Team and the Fire service to address damaged properties and fire risks.

In Consett a female was detained in a supermarket having been suspected to stealing meat produce from the store. She was subsequently dealt with by police, the stolen meat recovered, and was dealt with locally through the community resolution process, having admitted the offence. She has been banned from the supermarket.

In New Kyo, Stanley officers conducted a search at an address following information received from the community that a cannabis grow was present in the address. A cannabis grow was indeed discovered and the occupant arrested. The plants and growing equipment were destroyed and the man was given a police caution in custody.

In the courts this week has been 21 year old disqualified driver, Lewis Flaherty. He was arrested in April following a 17 minute pursuit through Burnhope and Lanchester, reaching speeds over 100mph on the A691. Flaherty was stopped in the south of the county after he collided with a kerb, damaging a rear wheel. At court he admitted dangerous driving, driving whist disqualified, driving without insurance, possession of a controlled drug, and possession of a bladed article. Having only been disqualified 6 weeks prior to the chase, Flaherty was sent to prison for 16 months and given a 38 month driving ban.

Karl O’Kane from Stanley also found himself behind bars, having been convicted of possession of class B and C drugs with intent to supply, possession of class A drugs, possession of an imitation firearm and possession of a bladed article. This was as a result of him being stopped by police shortly after midnight in Stanley. O’Kane attempted to throw a cut-throat razor into a bush, was found to have a bag containing drugs, further drugs on his person and a BB gun. A dealer list was found in his house along with a cutting agent for the drugs. He was given 14 months imprisonment. The drugs and weapons were destroyed.

Jason Davison, of Stanley, also has found himself in front of the court. He was initially dealt with by police for breaching his bail conditions and electronic tag on the 22nd June, and then following investigation, suspected to have breached a restraining order by entering a particular location in Chester le Street whilst in breach of the tag. He has been charged with the offences and has subsequently been remanded, to appear at court on the 21st August.

If you have concerns about criminality in and around where you are living you can contact us using 101, use the live chat on our website, or report anonymously to Crime Stoppers. This work is only possible thanks to the help and support of the community, so please continue to tell us what is going on so we can continue to take action.
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Brian Donnelly (Police, PCSO, West)

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