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Police carry out raids on homes.

Byline: KIERAN MURRAY Reporter

DRUGS, cash and an imitation firearm have been seized by police in an operation to crack down 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 on three addresses at about 6.20am came after police received intelligence about the supply of Class A drugs in the area. It also 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 in the raids along with cash, an axe and an imitation firearm.

Officers arrested a 16-year-old male who was wanted by police for a public order offence. Sergeant Graham Yare, of the Newcastle North West neighbourhood policing team, said police were not afraid to carry out further warrants in the crackdown on drug dealing in the area. He said: "These raids are only the start and we will continue to respond robustly to concerns raised by the local 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 interest 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. If you have information about drug dealing, or concerns about unusual activity at a particular address then get in touch." Northumbria Police has said all information provided to the police will be treated as confidential. Those who can help police are urged to call 101, report online at the Northumbria Police website or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 27, 2019
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