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 Rural criminals targeted by police


Rural criminals have been targeted by Durham Police in its latest operation.

About 25 vehicles were stopped around Tow Law and the west of the county during the operation, coined ‘Op Bittern’ which took place last night (November 14).

Fourteen officers and three council representatives from the Environment, Health and Consumer Protection Service were out in force tackling a number of offences including poaching.

Sergeant Jason Mole of Consett Police Station said: “The aim of the operation was to target rural criminals operating in our area.

“During the increased patrols, we detected a number of minor vehicle offences and have enquiries to follow up in relation to rural criminal activities.

“The night was a success and we will continue to tackle this type of crime.”