Third arrest after Sunderland raid

Police officers outside a house on Hylton Road, Sunderland, after a raid on Wednesday morning.
Police officers outside a house on Hylton Road, Sunderland, after a raid on Wednesday morning.
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A THIRD man has been arrested following a drugs bust at a Wearside home.

The Echo reported yesterday how officers uncovered a “large amount” of class A and class B substances, including cocaine, at the address in Hylton Road, Pennywell.

Cash was also unearthed in the raid, which was carried out by Northumbria Police officers on behalf of Cleveland Police force on Wednesday morning.

Two men aged 51 and 29 were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cocaine following the search.

They have now been bailed pending further inquiries. A spokesman for Cleveland Police said that another man, aged 56, was arrested yesterday on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cocaine and possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs. He is currently being questioned by detectives.

l Meanwhile, four men, aged 47, 43, 32 and 19 are being quizzed at Sunderland’s Gill Bridge police station after co-ordinated raids across the Northumbria area.

Officers carried out early-morning search warrants at linked addresses in North Tyneside, Newcastle and Northumberland yesterday, as part of an investigation into burglaries in Sunderland and Gateshead and the force.

Property, including jewellery, has been recovered from the addresses and searches are ongoing.

Northumbria Police Chief Inspector Jerry Pearson, based at Sunderland Area Command, led the operation. He said: “These raids have taken place after a lengthy investigation into those suspected of being involved in burglaries across the force.

“The investigation has also included exploring the avenues for the disposal of any suspected stolen property, and part of the operation carried out also involves this aspect.

“Burglary has a devastating effect on individuals and communities, people should feel safe in their own home and being burgled is a dreadful invasion of privacy.

“That’s why we’re committed to doing everything possible to take action against those believed to be involved in burglaries and ensure they are dealt with.”