Weapons and drugs seized as five arrested in Washington raids

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POLICE have arrested five people after dawn raids in Washington.

Co-ordinated strikes took place across nine addresses to tackle those suspected of being involved in crime across the area.

The warrants were executed in the Albany, Donwell, Usworth, Ayton, Concord and Sulgrave areas of Washington.

Men aged 29, 26, 22 and 21 and a woman aged 24 were all arrested on suspicion of drugs offences and are currently in custody helping with enquiries.

A quantity of drugs have been recovered, as well as a stun gun and a suspected stolen bike, while a quantity of knives and offensive weapons were also handed to police at one address.

Police are continuing to make enquiries to trace two men outstanding from the warrants.

The activity is part of Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, aimed at silencing opportunist criminals during the summer months.

Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Stewart said: “Dawn raids were carried out to disrupt criminal activity across Washington as it’s well reported that drug crime is linked to other types of criminality. We have made five arrests and recovered property - including a suspected stolen bike and a large number of offensive weapons.

“The activity is part of Operation Soundwave, aimed at tackling those people suspected of being involved in volume crime - those offences which are mainly opportunist - and cause misery in the community.

“The raids should act as a warning to others that this activity will continue over the coming weeks and it is expected more arrests, house searches and recovery of property will take place to ensure those suspected of being involved in crime in our communities are dealt with appropriately.”