Eight arrests made and drugs and bikes seized during Operation Artemis
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Eight people were arrested and officers seized drugs, electric bikes and quads from across Stockton during Operation Artemis yesterday, Wednesday 13th September.
Two men aged 28 and 24, and a 41-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and abstracting electricity following a warrant on Norfolk Street.
Drugs, cash, mobile phones and electronic scales were recovered from the address by officers.
A warrant on Skinner Street led to a 36-year-old man being arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class B drugs, possession of criminal property and possession of a firearm.
Later that afternoon, an 18-year-old man was arrested in connection with an incident whereby a number of vehicles were set alight the Stockton area.
Whilst on patrols through the evening in Stockton town centre, plain-clothed officers arrested a 43-year-old man on suspicion of breaching bail and possession of Class A drugs. He is due to appear in court today.
Operation Endurance patrols were carried out by roads policing officers yesterday afternoon and into the evening leading to the arrests of two men.
A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drug driving and possession of Class B drugs after a vehicle was stopped on Durham Road bypass.
A 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drug driving, no licence and no insurance after a vehicle was stopped on Rathnew Avenue.
As part of Operation Endurance, which tackles off-road bikes and associated anti-social behaviour, officers also seized two quad bikes on Crescent Avenue in Billingham.
The quads were seized for having no insurance.
Five electronic bikes were also seized during the day of action along with a vehicle which was reported to be using cloned registration plates.
PCSOs were out and about with colleagues from Thirteen Group and Accent Housing speaking with residents about any issues or concerns they had.
Trading Standard officers from Stockton Borough Council also joined police and conducted a number of visits to premises.
Acting Chief Inspector for Stockton Andy Evans said: “We had some fantastic results yesterday thanks to the hard work of our officers and partner agencies.
“This type of activity is what our officers do day in and day out but these operations really show the public that we are listening to their concerns and we will act to protect our communities and prevent crime.
“As always, information from the public remains vital and I would encourage anyone with information about crime or anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhood to get in touch with us.”
Information from the public is invaluable so if you see anything suspicious, please contact Cleveland Police on 101 with any information or concerns.