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 This week's Op Trident East results

 22/05/2020

Despite the unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves in recently, officers across the county still proactively tackling crime on a daily basis.

Here’s a look at some of the work being carried out in the coastal areas of Durham over the last week as part of Operation Trident, our campaign against high-harm crime and community concerns.

Last week a 17-year-old was arrested and charged with a burglary committed in Peterlee earlier in May. He is currently awaiting sentencing.

An off-road bike was seized by PCSOs from the Neighbourhood Policing Team after it was seen being ridden in an anti-social manner around the streets of Blackhall. It’s an offence that not only causes a nuisance to the community, but puts the rider, pedestrians and road users at risk.

A day later in Horden, with assistance from our Roads Policing Unit, the NPT also seized a white Vauxhall Corsa when the driver was found to have no insurance. RPU D Relief officers seized a further two uninsured vehicles on Friday.

Over the weekend a cannabis farm was located and dismantled in Wheatley Hill, and another two were discovered in Easington and Murton on Monday morning. Two men were arrested and charged in connection with the latter two cannabis grows.

Another two men were arrested following a 15 minute pursuit around the Hetton and Houghton areas. Making off on foot was not enough to evade capture.

On Monday a vehicle was stolen following a knifepoint robbery. After another foot chase, a suspect was arrested, and the vehicle was located and recovered.
On Tuesday two E Relief officers found themselves in the right place at the right time when they were alerted to a stolen vehicle just minutes away from them. After waiting on an A19 slip road for the vehicle to pass them, they followed it southbound and guided RPU officers to its location. The driver was arrested and the vehicle recovered.

Finally, a second cannabis grow was located in Wheatley Hill on Wednesday after officers acted on community intelligence. 43-year-old Paul McAllister, of Ripponden Road, Oldham, was found hiding in the loft, and was subsequently arrested. Yesterday he was charged with production of cannabis and abstracting electricity, and was remanded in custody for sentencing next month.

In amongst these jobs, officers are carrying out targeted patrols in areas across the Seaham and Peterlee areas, responding to emergencies and acting on intelligence gathered through investigation and community reports.

Stay tuned and we’ll keep you updated on the further work carried out under Operation Trident.