Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Crackdown by Cops on Organised Crime in Town to Continue

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Crackdown by Cops on Organised Crime in Town to Continue

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Byline: Sophie Doughty Crime Reporter sophie.doughty@ncjmedia.co.uk

POLICE have arrested 11 suspects and seized more than PS140,000 worth of cash and drugs since they started a crack-crack down on a town's organised crime.

Officers in Consett launched "Operation Boomerang" in October with the aim of disrupting the activities of those that make a living through crime around the town and the nearby Burnhope area.

And, in the last two months, police have executed eight magistrates' warrants storming a variety of residential and business properties.

So far, 11 suspects have been arrested, and two others attended police stations to be questioned on a voluntary basis.

A number of items of stolen property have been recovered and returned to their rightful owners, while drugs with an estimated street value of PS123,000 have been seized, along with PS20,000 in cash, thought to be proceeds of crime.

Insp Keith Wardle, head of Consett's neighbourhood policing team said Operation Boomerang would continue. "We have seen in recent years the demoralising effect that organised crime groups have on our local communities.

"But our pledge to the public is that we will continue to target those individuals who are involved in this type of activity.

"The results so far are very encouraging, however, the work of Operation Boomerang is not finished.

"There will be further warrants executed and I am sure we will make more arrests over the coming weeks."

The first raid, on a property in Front Street, Burnhope, in October saw a suspected stolen gas meter recovered, which has led to ongoing enquiries between the police and gas suppliers into the suspected theft of gas over a long period of time. Then, the following month, police stopped a car in Consett and discovered cannabis to the value of PS24,000 and cash in excess of PS10,000 inside. …

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