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Arrests after Cheadle police conduct a weekend of drugs warrant, immigration and vehicle checks

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: March 05, 2014

By Abbey Buxton

  • Mobile Police Station on Tape Street for vehicle examinations.

  • Police Dog Finn in action.

  • PC Dave Stubbs

  • Staffordshire Police enforcer.

  • Police Dog Dexter in action at Great Wood Road in Tean.

  • Some of the cannabis plants seized.

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POLICE made a number of arrests during a crackdown on crime across Cheadle and the district over the weekend.

The Weekend of Action took place from Friday, February 28, to Sunday, March 2, and saw officers carrying out drugs warrants, immigration checks and vehicle defects checks in Cheadle and surrounding areas.

Officers from Cheadle Local Policing Unit (LPU) were joined by officers from across the Staffordshire Moorlands, Special Constables, HM Revenue and Customs officials, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council licensing officers, Immigration Officers and Dog Support for the event, dubbed Operation Troy.

Speaking about the Weekend of Action, PC Dave Stubbs of Cheadle LPU said: "Over the last few months I have been holding various police surgeries around the Cheadle area, speaking to local residents and businesses to find out what concerns or worries they have.

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"The biggest complaints I received were in regards to driving matters such as speed, drink driving, mobile phone use and vehicles in poor condition followed by concerns regarding anti-social behaviour and drugs.

"I also have been following up a number of Crimestopper reports that have come in from the local community as well as information received from partner agencies regarding drug abuse and possible illegal immigrants working around Cheadle.

"Due to these issues I set up a joint operation with partner agencies to do a Weekend of Action which we have named Operation Troy."

On Friday, officers from Cheadle Town, supported by officers from across the Moorlands, the Special Constabulary and from Dog Support, conducted high visibility patrols targeting vehicles that have been witnessed committing moving traffic offences.

These vehicles were stopped and escorted to Tape Street Car Park, Cheadle, where they were examined by police officers and also checked for red diesel by HM Revenue and Customs officials.

In total 21 vehicles were stopped and examined, of which 15 were processed for further action, or issued with a Vehicle Defect Rectification Notice, for faults found on their vehicles.

Police officers also visited various takeaway restaurants and kebab shops around Cheadle with officers from the Border Agency, including a premises on Queen Street.

Acting on information received regarding suspected illegal immigrants working at the location, a male from Bangladesh was arrested.

After being found to be an 'over-stayer' and illegal immigrant, he is currently awaiting deportation back to Bangladesh.

Chief Immigration Officer Carl Mason said: "These multi-agency operations are invaluable.

"It is important that we all work together, as resources are limited, to get information out to employers that we won't tolerate illegal working and immigration crime.

"We will tackle any employers found to be employing illegal immigrants and anyone knowingly employing illegal workers will be fined up to £10,000.

"Anyone with any information about illegal immigration and working should ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or 101."

Officers alongside licensing officials also conducted checks on Private Hire and Hackney Carriage taxi's found working within Cheadle.

Five taxis were dealt with for various licensing offences.

A search warrant was executed under the misuse of drugs act at an address on Coleridge Drive, Cheadle, and a quantity of what is suspected of being Class A drugs were seized along with a quantity of cash and equipment used in the supply of drugs.

A 30-year-old male from Cheadle has been arrested on suspicion of being in possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and bailed to May for further enquiries.

A 27-year-old man was also arrested by officers in Hanley in connection with the Cannabis Cultivation that was found by Cheadle Officers in the flats above the Cafe Rumi, High Street, Cheadle.

He has been bailed pending further enquiries to a date in July 2014.

On Saturday, officers from across the Moorlands, supported by the Special Constabulary, executed a number of search warrants issued under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

At an address on Great Wood Road, Tean, a quantity of cannabis and evidence of a cannabis cultivation was found.

A 44-year-old female was arrested on suspicion of being involved in the cultivation and production of cannabis.

She has been bailed to a date in April to allow further enquiries to take place.

A warrant was executed at an address on Watt Place Cheadle and a quantity of a substance believed to be a class A drug and cannabis as well as some cash was seized.

No persons were present at the time, however a 25-year-old male has since been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs and possession of cannabis.

He also has been bailed to a date in April for further enquiries.

On Sunday, PC Dave Stubbs, supported by officers from the Special Constabulary, executed a further warrant issued under the misuse of drugs act at an address on Robina Drive, Cheadle. A suspected cannabis factory has been found and a 29-year-old male from Cheadle, a 27-year-old male from Tean and a 25-year-old Male from Meir were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the production and cultivation of cannabis. All three have again been bailed until April to allow further inquiries to take place. PC Stubbs added: "All the action taken by Staffordshire Police over this weekend has come as a direct result of information received directly by Police, partner agencies or via Crimestoppers.

"All information given to Police or Crimestoppers is investigated and acted on accordingly.

"Cheadle remains one of the safest places in the country to live and I appeal to the communities help in ensuring it stays that way by reporting any suspicious activity or concerns you about any issues to either myself, Staffordshire Police on 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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