10 arrests in day of action

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A DAY of action to arrest a hit list of on-the-run suspects has led to 10 arrests.

Police across East Durham drew up names of people they believed had committed offences and spent a day focusing on tracking them down.

The effort, which pulled together 20 detectives, beat bobbies, police community support officers and Durham Constabulary’s road policing unit, led to all but three of the 13 targeted being taken in to custody.

They were arrested after a series of crimes, including theft of scrap metal, criminal damage, failing to pay a taxi fare and possession of drugs with intent to supply.

Some of the nine men have since been charged and are due to go before a court in the coming weeks, while others have been bailed while further inquiries are carried out.

A woman arrested for stealing from her employer was given a caution.

Efforts are continuing to trace the remaining three men.

Acting Detective Inspector Cliff Down, who is in charge of Seaham and Peterlee CID teams, said: “This has been the result of a great team effort and it’s with the assistance of the community that this has been a success, because it was them who were telling us people had moved addresses and where they were know living.

“Ultimately, it’s led to some good detections, with nine offences in total now dealt with.

“These were people who would not make themselves available to the police, were avoiding capture and were on our radar over days and months.

“This shows to people wanted by Durham Constabulary that it is much better if they volunteer themselves to us, rather than us going to knock on their doors or breaking our way in during the early hours, which not only causes them bother, but their families.

“Sometimes things can be carried out by appointment, but this shows we are quite prepared to go out and get those we know are evading us.”