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Arrests made as part of Operation Disrupt

Written by on 2 October 2020

Officers have made 77 arrests and seized cash, drugs and thousands of pounds of suspected stolen property in the first week of a policing operation to disrupt criminal activity in Staffordshire.

Operation Disrupt began in Staffordshire last Monday (Sept 21) in the Staffordshire Moorlands and has since focused on Stafford, Burton, Cannock and Newcastle.

Incidents have included the seizure of £19,000 in cash and £1,000 worth of cocaine in Stafford, where two arrests were made (Sept 22), five arrested for suspected affray in Stoke on Sept 27, and £3,500 and cannabis seized in Tean.

Officers also worked closely with British Transport Police (BTP) colleagues as part of the operation on the Chase and Trent Valley rail lines.

During the first week officers made 77 arrests, completed 60 stop/searches, and dealt with 69 driving offences and 32 drugs offences.

Fourteen warrants were executed and nine suspects dealt with for suspected theft from motor vehicles and nine for carrying offensive weapons.

Superintendent Tom Chisholm, Head of Neighbourhood Policing, said: “Operation Disrupt is already achieving great results and cracking down on offending across the county.

“We have made arrests for a range of offences, including burglary, carrying offensive weapons, possession of drugs, driving while under the influence and a number of individuals wanted by the courts. This is merely the first week and we will continue to target offending across the county using a range of tactics, supported by our specialist teams such as dogs and road policing.”

In recent weeks the Force has also run Operation Lightning – tackling offending on the county’s road network – which resulted in 191 arrests and 249 vehicles seized.

Twenty eight arrests were made and eight people safeguarded in a County Lines operation earlier this month tackling drug ‘lines’ into Staffordshire.

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Ten people were arrested yesterday (Tuesday 29 September) as part of Operation Disrupt as officers from Stafford targeted people involved in crime and drug supply across the area.

Tony Lee Fellows, 40, of Park Street, Stafford, has been charged with five counts of attempted theft from motor vehicles in Baswich and Meadowcroft Park. He appeared at magistrates’ at the North Staffordshire Justice Centre this morning (30 Sept).

Gavin Lee Harrison, 39, of Alliance Street, Stafford, has been charged with the theft of a pedal cycle on Stone Road, Stafford. He appeared at magistrates’ at the North Staffordshire Justice Centre yesterday (29 Sept).

An 18-year-old man, from Stone, was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs. He has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

A 37-year-old man, from Yardley in Birmingham, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, driving without insurance and driving otherwise accordance with a licence. He has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle on Station Road in Stone. A 36-year-old, who was further arrested for possession of controlled drugs, has been released under investigation pending further enquiries and a 27-year-old man has been released no further action.

Three men were arrested for failing to appear at court – a 34-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent for assault and obstructing police, a 26-year-old man, from Stafford, for a section 18 assault and a 35-year-old, from Stafford, for a drugs offence and handling stolen goods.

A 58-year-old man, of no fixed abode, was arrested in Stafford for recall to prison.

Six people were reported for summons for driving offences, including two for using their mobile phone, two for driving otherwise in accordance with a licence and no insurance, one for not wearing a seat belt and one for an insecure load.

Chief Inspector Giles Parsons, commander of Stafford Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: “These are excellent results targeting people involved in crime and drug supply across the Stafford Borough area. We are also focused on road safety ensuring people who use the roads irresponsibly are dealt with aiming to make our roads safer.”