Arrests made after Northumberland raids

News from Northumbria Police
News from Northumbria Police

Eight people have been arrested during a two-day crime operation in Northumberland.

Acting on intelligence from the community police carried out 16 warrants at properties in Ashington, Bedlington, Blyth and Hexham.

Officers carried out searches and seized a number of believed-to-be stolen items including household goods and gardening equipment.

Class A and Class B drugs including crack cocaine were also found by officers.

Seven men and one woman were arrested during the operation for burglary, handling stolen goods and drugs offences.

One of the men, 32-year-old Adam David Childs, of Sycamore Street, Ashington, has been charged with attempt to possess a controlled drug (crack cocaine).

Another of the men, a 29-year-old Shaun Dixon, of No fixed address in Ashington, was charged with burglary and remanded in custody.

Northumberland Chief Inspector Peter Reeve said: “This was a coordinated operation aimed at disrupting the activity of those suspected of being involved in crime and the taking and selling of illegal drugs.

“Thieves and burglars who think they can get away with stealing from people, in particular in the run up to Christmas, should think again. We are actively seeking out those suspected of being responsible and will continue to take similar action.

“Tackling illegal drugs remains a priority for officers in Northumberland. The crimes that are associated with drug taking are of equal concern. Those addicted to drugs steal and burgle to pay for their drugs and they are causing real problems for our communities.

“This action was on the back of intelligence from the community and I’d like to thank local people for their help and support. I would urge members of the public to continue to help us keep Northumberland safe by reporting any suspicious activity to us.”