Police operation leads to a reduction in offending

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A CRACKDOWN on crime in Ashington has seen a reduction in offending levels.

Operation Saxon was launched after a rise in offences in the town at the start of the year.

As part of the operation, search warrants have been executed targeting those suspected of being involved in criminal activity while also focusing on people believed to be involved in the distribution of drugs.

On Thursday, March 14, a raid at a house at Hawthorn Road recovered almost 60 cannabis plants, with a 48-year-old man summonsed to court for cultivating the drug.

An off-road bike was also seized from an address in Garden City Villas, and four other males believed to be involved in disorder were also given Section 59 warning notices, warning them that if they are found using off-road bikes again the vehicles will be seized.

Extra patrols have been put in place and Northumbria Police said results have shown a drop in crime levels since the start of the operation.

Neighbourhood Inspector Barrie Joisce said: “Operation Saxon was introduced to tackle a rise in crime and to ensure suspected offenders are dealt with for the crimes they are thought to be involved in.
“To date the operation has seen a noticeable decrease in offending levels but we will not become complacent.

“Additional officers have been deployed to the area and are using a combination of plain clothes and high visibility patrols.

“A number of significant arrests have been made since the start of the operation and key offenders have been remanded into custody or recalled to prison.

“Others have been placed on stringent bail conditions to limit their movements.”