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Operation Trident

Alert message sent 03/02/2021 12:56:00

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Good Afternoon Citizen

So much to tell you about Operation Trident on this fine February day! Here’s a snapshot of what our officers have been up to in West Durham thanks to the great support by the communities of Consett, Stanley and Chester le Street.

On Saturday, officers from Chester le Street executed a search warrant at Newfield, Chester le Street. Police recovered suspected class A and class B drugs, along with other drugs related items. A man was arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs with intent to supply. An investigation is ongoing.

Also on Saturday, officers from Chester le Street began to follow a white Ford Focus driving erratically along the A693. The driver, not realising a police vehicle was behind, then drove through red traffic lights! Our officers had seen more than enough and put the blue lights on and stopped the car. The driver was found to have no insurance and his car was seized. He awaits a day in court having been reported for driving with no insurance and for contravening red traffic lights.

On Wednesday, police received a report of a theft of guinea pigs in the vicinity of the Garden Farm area of Chester le Street. A local man has been dealt with by police for theft of the guinea pigs and has received a community resolution order. The guinea pigs are back with their rightful owners.

Also on Wednesday, police stopped a car driving on the Front Street in Consett. The driver was drugs tested at the roadside and was arrested having failed the drugs wipe. A search of the car was also conducted, and the passenger was found to be in possession of suspected class B drugs, along with other drugs related items. Both were arrested and investigations are ongoing.

On Friday, a man from Consett appeared at court having been convicted of 2 counts of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child. He was imprisoned for 8 months, suspended for 2 years, issued with a curfew requirement and placed on the sex offenders register.

Also on Friday, police in Stanley received reports of aggressive dogs in the South Moor area who had chased and cornered members of the local community and had bitten a local man. The dogs were seized, and the owners was arrested in connection with having dogs dangerously out of control. An investigation is ongoing.

On Friday evening police officers from Stanley and Consett stopped a blue Ford Focus in the Iveston area. The driver was found to have been driving without a licence or insurance, and also failed the roadside drugs wipe. Following a search, police found suspected drugs in the vehicle and also on one of the passengers. The passenger obstructed the drugs search and also assaulted an officer. He and the driver were arrested. The passenger was charged directly to court and the driver has been released under investigation pending forensic toxicology.

Then on Saturday, police officers sighted a black Ford Mondeo which was suspected to have been involved in a number of burglaries. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle which then made off from police. A pursuit ensued which led police into the Gateshead area, also involving our colleagues at Northumbria Police and the police helicopter. The vehicle was abandoned by the four occupants who were all detained and arrested for various offences following a foot chase. An investigation is ongoing.

As always, you as the public help make all of this possible! If you have concerns about any crime or criminality in your neighbourhood please give us a call on 101 or use the LiveChat on our force website. You can also contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous. Please do not attempt to report incidents through our Facebook inbox as all incidents need to be recorded and dispatched by our control room.

You can access our 101 Live Chat here;

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Rhian Stocks (Police, PCSO, Neighbourhood Police team - Chester le Street)

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