Cannabis and fake goods found in Bedlington home raids

DRUGS and fake designer clothes were seized when homes were raided during a police crackdown.

DRUGS and fake designer clothes were seized when homes were raided during a police crackdown.

Officers in the town of Bedlington, Northumberland carried out a search at 10 properties over two days.

During their operation, police dismantled makeshift drugs farms and seized a number of cannabis plants.

In another property, police discovered a haul of counterfeit clothing.

Officers confiscated items including fake Ugg boots, fragrances, and also Hollister T-shirts.

The raids were carried out on February 7 and 8 at Tosson Close, Milbank Road, East Green, Queens Road, Allgood Terrace, Phoenix Street, Burdon Terrace and Burnside.

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The operation, codenamed ‘Enterprise’, was launched after members of the Bedlington community told their local neighbourhood policing team they were worried about drug use in their area.

Inspector Karen Murray, of Northumbria Police’s Bedlington Neighbourhood Team, said: “We are listening to the concerns of local people and taking action.

“The residents of Bedlington have told us about the supply and use of drugs in the area and the crime associated with it. Operation Enterprise is focused on taking robust action to catch those involved in drug-related crime of any sort.

“Together with the information we get from the public, we are determined to cut crime and disorder in the area and keep Bedlington a safe place to live, work and socialise.”

After the raids six people were arrested and questioned, some on suspicion of drug offences and others on handling stolen and counterfeit goods. Five were released on bailed until next month and one received a caution.


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