WATCH: Pensioner, 76, arrested in dawn drug raids

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HOMES were hit in early morning strikes in a police crackdown on suspected drug dealers.

More than 30 officers were involved in the operation in Durham City today.

Shortly after 7.30am, police executed warrants at four houses in the Sherburn Road Estate and later in the morning carried out house searches in Langley Moor and West Rainton.

At one of the houses in West Rainton police discovered what they have said is a “sophisticated cannabis farm” with a large amount of the drug found growing.

A 76-year-old man was arrested at the house on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis.

A short time later police also arrested another man, aged 43, from a separate address in West Rainton for the same offence.

At the house in Langley Moor, the team arrested a 34-year-old man in connected with a burglary, which happened yesterday in the Neville’s Cross area.

Various items of jewellery, suspected to have been stolen during this break-in were also found and recovered by police.

Detective Sergeant Mel Sutherland, who helped plan today’s operation said: “We know the vast majority of residents in Sherburn Road are honest, law-abiding people who work hard and want to live in a safe, crime-free environment.

“Operations such as this will hopefully reassure them that we do listen to their concerns, gather intelligence and then take action.”