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On Thursday 15th December, officers from the Force Proactive Team were conducting mobile patrols when they came across a vehicle on Middlesbrough Road which they stopped in order to speak to the driver regarding his manner of driving.
Utilising stop and search powers, the vehicle and the occupants were searched and a bladed weapon and a significant amount of cash were recovered.
The three occupants of the vehicle; three males aged 17, 22 and 30 were arrested in connection with the incident. All three have since been released on bail whilst enquiries continue.
As a result of further enquiries, a number of addresses were searched and further weapons were recovered, including a knife and a beating stick which is one-and-a-half metres long (pictured).
Enquiries are ongoing in relation to the incident.
Sergeant Darren Williamson from the Force Proactive Team said: “Officers from the Force Proactive Team will continue to utilise stop and search powers to take knives and weapons off the streets.
“Recent results indicate that stop and search can be really successful and our current rate of success clearly shows that our actions are helping to make our communities safer.”