Successful crackdown on organised crime

18 Nov 2016 09:45 AM

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A senior officer from Central Area Command has praised the efforts of his team this week following a crackdown on organised crime.

Operation Falkland struck into action on Tuesday and over four days of disruption activity, 19 people have been arrested.

Officers from the Central Area Command executed 18 warrants and recovered a significant amount of cash, drugs and suspected stolen and illicit goods.

The team found over £20,000 in cash, luxury watches, bikes, electrical goods, cosmetics as well as class A and class B drugs.

Superintendent David Felton, who led the operation, has praised the success of the operation and warns more action will be taken.

Supt Felton said: "This is a message to those who commit crime in Gateshead and across the force that we are watching and we will take action. Our community has spoken and we have listened - they are our priority and it is unacceptable that residents should be subject to any sort of organised crime on their doorstep.

"This has been a very positive result for the team and for the community and I hope it will act as reassurance across Gateshead that we are doing all we can to make their community even safer.

"Tackling serious and organised crime is a priority for the force and we simply will not tolerate it ."