Seven arrested in operation targeting serious and organised crime in our area and further afield;

A man has been charged after a cannabis farm was located by officers from Middlesbrough's Proactive Team;

...and runners, walkers and cyclists have welcomed new ground lights which have been installed on the Coast Road pavement between Redcar and Marske.

 

Seven arrested in operation targeting serious and organised crime in our area and further afield.

Early yesterday morning detectives from our Organised Crime Unit executed ten warrants at addresses in Middlesbrough, Stockton and Redcar as well as one in Durham and one in Greater Manchester.

The warrants resulted in the arrests of two men, aged 39 and 25, a 29-year-old woman from Redcar, a 32-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman from Middlesbrough, a 36-year-old man from Thornaby and a 42-year-old man from Manchester.

They are now currently in police custody being questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cocaine and money laundering.

As well as raiding their homes, detectives searched a container in Westerby Road in the Middlesbrough area, believed to be linked to a member of the organised crime network.

The activity formed part of a long running investigation – codenamed Operation Apex – into the large-scale supply of controlled drugs being run by an organised crime group based in Teesside with links to the Durham and Greater Manchester areas.

 

A man has been charged after a cannabis farm was located by officers from Middlesbrough's Proactive Team.

As we reported on Zetland FM yesterday, officers attended an address on Marton Road in Middlesbrough, on Monday and recovered 116 cannabis plants, believed to be worth one hundred thousand pounds.

The electricity supply had been tampered with and this has now been made safe by staff from the electricity board.

A 23-year-old man has since been charged with producing cannabis and abstracting electricity and he was remanded in custody until his next court appearance.

 

Runners, walkers and cyclists have welcomed new ground lights which have been installed on the Coast Road pavement between Redcar and Marske.

Local sports club New Marske Harriers led the project and have worked with Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council on the installation designed to encourage people to use the path into the night.

As well as the usual bright lights on the 1,500m stretch, red lights have been installed at 100m intervals to help runners keep track of their distancing and blue lights have been installed to indicate car park entrances.

It is the second phase of the project after installation of lighting along the Sea Wall footpath last year.

It has been made possible largely due to a major contribution from Sofia Wind Farm with other contributions from Dogger Banks Wind Farms, New Marske Harriers, Car Care and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council.


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