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Cash, drugs and fake gun are seized in dawn raids.

DRUGS, cash and an imitation firearm have been seized by police in an operation to crackdown on the supply of Class A drugs in Newcastle.

Officers carried out a series of pre-planned dawn raids in Fawdon, Newcastle, on Friday as part of Operation Overthrow.

The raids took place at 6.20am after police received intelligence about the supply of Class A drugs in the area.

The operation followed a number of complaints from the community about crime and disorder linked to the addresses on Strathearn Way and Dykefield Avenue. A small quantity of drugs were seized along with cash, an axe and an imitation firearm that will now be sent for forensic testing.

Officers arrested a 16-year-old boy who was wanted by police for a public order offence and had been dodging the authorities for weeks.

Sergeant Graham Yare, of the Newcastle North West Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "These raids are only the start and we will continue to respond robustly to concerns raised by the community in Fawdon.

"We have been carrying out enquiries into concerns around drug dealing in the area for a number of weeks and they culminated in these dawn raids.

"A number of items of interests have been seized but the activity will not stop here and we will consider executing further warrants in the coming weeks.

"We know that drug use can lead to wider issues around crime and disorder and by cracking down on the supply of illegal substances we can improve the lives of the local community.

"But this activity can only take place if we receive intelligence from people living in the area. You are our eyes and ears.

"If you have information about drug dealing, or if you have concerns about unusual activity at a particular address then get in touch.

"If something doesn't seem right then trust your instincts and contact police. You can call us or you can report information online."

Northumbria Police has said all information provided to the police will be treated as confidential and neighbourhood officers are committed to taking positive action.

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Date:Aug 27, 2019
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