Police send out message to crooks

POLICE carried out drugs raids as part of a high-profile week-long operation in north Northumberland.

The aims of Operation Bulldog were to target and disrupt local criminals, prevent and detect crime and disorder and to provide a high-profile visible presence and reassurance within the Berwick policing sector.

Berwick Neighbourhood Inspector Sharon Wilmore-Greaves said: “The aim of the week-long operation was to target those involved in all levels of criminality including narcotics, acquisitive crime, importation of tobacco, alcohol and anti-social behaviour.

“We wanted a high-profile presence in the town throughout the week to provide reassurance to the public in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Seahouses and Wooler areas that we are committed to ensuring the area stays a safe place to live.

“We carried out high-visibility patrols, including high-profile licensed premises visits and used a number of different resources including neighbourhood officers, specialist search teams, dog teams and the mounted section.

“We wanted to send a very clear message out to local drug dealers, addicts and all criminals that their behaviour will not be tolerated here in Berwick.”

During the week, police and partners including HM Revenue and Customs, Trading Standards, Berwick Borough Housing, Social Services and the fire service carried out a series of high-profile search warrants at addresses of known drug dealers and those involved in burglary, car thefts and shoplifting.