50-50 is our new 50 day campaign of policing activity to demonstrate that criminals across the county are never safe from prosecution.
Over the 50 days our officers will be arresting a number of known criminals that intelligence has shown to be committing unlawful acts. Using a range of techniques and technologies, you will see us capture criminals for a variety of crimes and put a huge dent into the criminal operations in Staffordshire.
We will be detailing each arrest and raid on this web page.
Operation 50-50: Latest charges
Four men will appear before Cannock Magistrates this morning (Wednesday 22 March) charged with conspiracy to burgle.
The charges follow a coordinated sting between West Midlands and Staffordshire Police on a Wolverhampton gang suspected of targeting dozens of businesses across the two counties.
They include: Car salesman Royston Hallard, 22, of Tithe Croft, Heath Town; unemployed Lee Fletcher, 26, of Moseley Road, Bilston; Restaurateur Mark Pursall, 27 of Foster Road, Low Hill; and unemployed Christopher Rock, aged 37, of Salop Street, Bilston.
First arrest of 50-50 charged with drug dealing, theft and assault
The first arrest of the 50-50 campaign has now been charged for five different offences and will be facing court today (Wed 15 Mar).
David Moore, 30, from Marston Road in Stafford has been charged with theft from the person of another, assault by beating, possession of a knife blade in a public place, possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and possession with intent to supply heroin.
Mr Moore was arrested on day one during some targeted automatic number plate recognition activity that led to the identification and detention of his vehicle.
Since arrest, Mr Moore has been remanded in custody and will be attending magistrate's court today.
Chief Inspector Mark Joynson, commander of the Stafford local policing team, said: "This is a great result for our officers and I'm sure 50-50 will deliver many more in the days and weeks to come."
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One arrested as part of Friday's Operation 50-50 activity
A man has been arrested in Newcastle-under-Lyme this morning in connection with drugs offences after a warrant was executed under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
A 32-year-old man was arrested at an address in Tiber Drive, Chesterton, on suspicion of conspiracy to supply diazepam and has been taken into custody.
An undisclosed quantity of cash, and documentation, were recovered during a search of the property.
Ch Supt Wayne Jones, Head of Local Policing and Operations, said: "Today's work in Newcastle focussed on the supply of illegal and prescription drugs. Prescribed drugs, when in the wrong hands, are often sold for cash which in turn can be used to buy heroin, crack cocaine or cannabis. Prescription drugs are also often taken by drug users as substitutes for harder drugs but in much greater quantities than is medically recommended. This sometimes has fatal results for those taking them.
"A number of arrests under Operation 50-50 have been made this week where drugs and cash have been recovered and we have also put additional policing patrols into areas where we want to deter and prevent rural and wildlife crime to protect our remotest communities.
"I am hoping that the people of Staffordshire can see that we are targeting the individuals, the addresses and the crime and anti-social behaviour issues that cause the rest of us misery and aggravation.
"My aim is to make sure that your police officers are addressing the issues that matter to you in the best way that they can. I would ask anyone who feels that they have information that can support our work to talk to their local officer or PCSO or contact us on 101 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Thank you."
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Operation 50-50 is cleaning up on Hoover Street, Stoke-on-Trent
Cash and a small quantity of cannabis have been seized this morning (Thurs 23 March) at a property in Tunstall.
Officers from Stoke North Local Policing Team (LPT) executed a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act at the address (view how they got in below).
Although no one was home a search recovered cash and cannabis, which has been seized.
Today's activity forms part of our ongoing 50 day campaign of policing activity to demonstrate that criminals across the county are never safe from prosecution.
In recent days warrants have also been executed in Manor Street, Fenton, and Cliveden Place, Bucknall, both with a negative result.
A 35-year-old man from Cheadle was dealt with by way of community resolution after a small quantity of cannabis was found at an address in Churchill Road.
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Operation 50-50 hones in on rural crime
Operation 50-50 has turned the spotlight on tackling rural and wildlife crime in south Staffordshire.
Last night (Wed 22 March) officers from the Local Policing Team, together with a patrol from the Dog Support Unit, carried out a number of proactive stop checks of vehicles across the area to deter would-be criminals from committing theft, trespass and firearms offences in some of our most rural locations.
The presence of the additional officers in those areas will have been reassuring to those who suffer from spates of rural crime when they occur.
Ch Supt Wayne Jones, local policing lead, said: "Last night's operation is just one example of us tackling a specific type of crime which impacts on a particular community. Local residents are routinely awoken by the noise that poachers make and damage is often caused to farming establishments and public land.
"The proactive patrolling and increased visibility shows that we are committed to dealing with what matters to our communities.
"Given the geography of south Staffordshire, the area can often suffer problems with rural and wildlife crime and we want to make sure that our most remote areas get additional policing support when they need it.
"As part of Operation 50-50 we will be carrying out similar operations across the county over the coming weeks. This is a great opportunity to raise awareness and understanding of this type of crime and I would encourage those affected by it to contact us and provide information about any suspicious activity so that we can follow this up with targeted patrol work."
Rural and wildlife crime can involve poaching, fox hunting, the targeting of wild birds as well as the theft of plant equipment from farm buildings and equestrian crime.
A team of dedicated Wildlife Officers operate across Staffordshire and are committed to dealing with what matters to those affected by rural and wildlife crime.
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Operation 50-50 strikes in Lichfield
Three people are in custody this morning (Mon 20 March) after being arrested in connection with drug supply.
The three were arrested at two addresses on Upper St John Street in Lichfield after officers executed warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
A large quantity of cannabis was recovered (amount and value to be determined) along with suspected CS spray and various weapons.
A 25-year-old woman was arrested at one address, and an 18-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man at the second address.
They will now be questioned by officers.
This morning's activity forms part of our new 50 day campaign of policing activity to demonstrate that criminals across the county are never safe from prosecution.
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50/50 making an impact: Five arrested following charity shop burglary
Five suspected burglars have been arrested in a series of dawn raids across Wolverhampton this morning (Monday 20 March).
As part of our 50 days of action, officers from Staffordshire and West Midlands Police joined forces to simultaneously swoop on the gang, believed to be responsible for 70 crimes across both counties.
When the crime spree started in June last year detectives worked quickly to use CCTV footage, forensic evidence and other information to link the offences.
In most of the crimes thieves would break into the factories and stores via the roof. Once inside safes were plundered.
Around £500,000 is believed to have been stolen from businesses as far afield as Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Wombourne.
Forty officers from both forces were involved in the sting which is designed to combat a rise in burglary rates.
Detective Inspector Clair Langley, from Staffordshire Police led the operation. She said: "These raids are the result of a lot of hard work. Officers from both forces have worked tirelessly to piece together all of the facts.
"The crimes have had a devastating impact on the staff who work at the targeted businesses. They have taken it extremely personally, particularly the volunteers at the charity shops which were raided.
"Days of valuable trade have been lost and funds which should be supporting the needy, sick and dying have now been diverted into repairing the thousands of pounds worth of damage caused."
The five men arrested are being held on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle. They include a 22-year-old from Tithe Croft, Heath Town; 26-year-old from Moseley Road, Bilston; 26-year-old from Foster Road, Low Hill; 47-year-old from Willenhall Road, Willenhall; and a 29-year-old man from Croft Lane, Low Hill.
The latest raids are just part of the fightback which includes the use of capture houses - homes taken over by police and fitted with tiny CCTV cameras and infrared sensors designed to catch criminals in the act.
Four addresses across Stafford were entered today and two arrests made to stop the flow of drugs in the town as part of our 50-50 operation
Addresses in Rosewood Gardens, Campion Grove, Barnes Road and Sidney Avenue were all struck before 10am this morning (Mon 13 Mar).
Rosewood Gardens saw one man, 45, from Stafford, arrested for possession with intent to supply. Officers discovered a large number of full 'deal bags' - cannabis which has been bagged up and ready to be sold. There was also a large quantity of cannabis vegetation discovered.
Campion Grove saw one man, 30, from Stafford, arrested for possession with intent to supply. Two safes were taken from the property and subsequently opened and they both contained Class A and Class B drugs.
Sidney Avenue was empty at the time of entry, however officers discovered the electrical meter had been bypassed to power a cannabis production facility. A considerable number of cannabis plants were also found at the property. The offender responsible is currently being located for arrest.
Nothing was found at the fourth property in Barnes Road, although concerns will be raised with local partners around the welfare of those living in the property.
Two arrests in drugs raids for day two of 50-50 - East Staffordshire
One address in Uttoxeter and another in Stapenhill in Burton-upon-Trent have been targeted for drugs offences this morning (Tues 14 Mar) in East Staffordshire.
The first raid took place at Chaffinch Drive in Uttoxeter around 8am and resulted in two people arrested. A man, 40, and a woman, 38, both from Uttoxeter, were arrested for possession. A quantity of Class A drugs were also seized.
The second raid took place at Blackthorn Road in Stapenhill, Burton around 11am. No arrests have been made and nothing was found.
Chief Inspector Rob Neeson, commander of the East Staffordshire local policing team, said: "A swift and professional response from our officers has seen two arrests made and two more known drug locations shut down.
"50-50 continues apace and hopefully criminals will start to wonder who is next as we're covering the whole of Staffordshire and a wide variety of criminal activities."
An imitation handgun and two daggers have been seized in the latest 50-50 raid - Stoke-on-Trent Central
Officers raided a property in Lowther Street, Hanley this morning (Wed 15 Mar) and found weapons and a small quantity of cannabis.
The weapons found were two serrated daggers with 4" blades, which would be illegal if carried outside, and an imitation handgun.
A woman living at the address, aged 29, was also issued a community resolution after being found in possession of a small amount of cannabis.
Chief Inspector Neil Hulme, commander of the Stoke-on-Trent Central local policing team, said: "Following some good work by my officers, we have taken three dangerous weapons off the street and shut down another known drug location.
"50-50 continues to disrupt criminals in Staffordshire and there's much more to come."
Three arrested after drugs found in car on M6
As Operation 50-50 continues, two men and a teenager have been arrested this afternoon (Thur 16 Mar) after we found what's believed to be Class A drugs in a car on the M6.
Officers, including those from the Central Motorway Policing Group, stopped a vehicle at junction 9 and arrested the three - two men, 22 and 25, and 17-year-old male - on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.
A search of the car uncovered a large quantity of a hard white substance which is suspected to be Class A drugs. Cash and cannabis were also found.
The three, all from Birmingham, are in police custody for questioning.
You can check the latest updates by following social media using the hashtag #police5050.