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50-50

50-50 is our new 50 day campaign of policing activity to demonstrate that criminals across the county are never safe from prosecution.

50in50Over 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.

Follow updates on social media throughout using the hashtag #police5050 and follow us on Twitter @staffspolice or Facebook.

 

Operation 50-50: Keeping up the pressure

We are continuing to execute warrants at addresses across the county as part of our dedicated 50-day campaign.

Today (Wed) officers raided a property on St Bernard's Road, Knutton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs. The two men, aged 22 and 25 and from the Liverpool area, have been released pending an ongoing investigation.

Items connected to the supply of drugs were recovered.

There has been a highly visible police presence at the location whilst we carried out a search of the property and local PCSOs (police community support officers) will remain in the area over the coming hours.

In recent days Operation 50-50 activity has also taken place in Beverley Hill, Cannock, and in Clarke Street, Hanley, where we were able to reassure local people that we are taking positive action based on information about drug supply and anti-social behaviour.

We have also carried out high-visibility patrols at Ventura retail park in Tamworth following a recent spate of thefts from shops. As a result of our activity there were no offences reported over the weekend.

Ch Supt Wayne Jones, Head of Local Poling and Operations, said: "We are now in week three of Operation 50-50 and are continuing to focus on individuals, addresses and public places where we can make things better for local residents and businesses by delivering some hard-edged enforcement, or by just being a far more visible deterrent at the times when its needed most."

Follow our latest updates by using the hashtag #police5050 on Twitter.

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50-50 Charge Updates

Operation 50-50: Latest charges


Two men have been charged with the production of cannabis following a successful 50-50 operation yesterday (Wed 5 Apr).

Nam Le, 20, from Cronin Street in London, and Aldo Zyka, 24, of no fixed address have both been charged with producing a controlled Class B drug and using electricity without authority.


Four men will appear before Cannock Magistrates this morning (Wednesday 22 Mar) 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."

To follow updates on social media use the hashtag #police5050.

Week 7 of 50-50

Cannabis factory discovered in Lichfield

A 50-50 raid on Friday discovered a cannabis factory with plants and cannabis ready to sell.

Officers entered a property on Noddington Lane in Lichfield on Friday evening. Although nobody was there, 13 large cannabis plants and four large Cannabis Factorybags of ready-made cannabis were found.

Enquiries are now ongoing to locate those involved with the cannabis factory.

Inspector Jo Rea, commander for the Lichfield local policing team, said: "As the pictures show, this is a sizeable operation and we have clearly disrupted the drugs supply in the local area.

"I would just like to congratulate my officer team for their excellent work in discovering the factory."

Everything discovered has been logged and evidenced and has now been destroyed.

Follow updates on social media using #police5050.

Week 6 of 50-50

Joint operation tackles illegal waste dumping for 50-50

We have been working in partnership with the Environment Agency this morning (Thur 20 Apr) to investigate and disrupt a major illegal waste dumping operation in Staffordshire.

Police officers and officers from the Environment Agency entered three addresses simultaneously this morning as part of our 50-50 campaign. Two of them were business addresses in Stoke-on-Trent and Draycott and the third was a residential address in Millers View in Cheadle.

Officers from both agencies then worked together to seize items that will be taken away and inspected further by specialist investigators. We are also in contact with a man that we wish to question regarding the investigation.

Inspector Mark Thorley, commander of the Staffordshire Moorlands local policing team, said: "Today's operation is a great example of how agencies can work together. It's been a great team effort and hopefully it will end with a criminal network being disrupted and the dumping of illegal waste prevented in future."

To follow updates use the hashtag #police5050.


Tamworth police seize drugs and a weapon in 50-50 raid

Officers have arrested a teenager for possession of a Class A drug in a raid in Tamworth last night (Wed 19 Apr) as part of our 50-50 campaign.

We entered a property on Dunedin and prevented a 17 year old male throwing Class A drugs down the toilet. The teenager, from Birmingham, was subsequently arrested for possession of a Class A drug.

A large machete and approximately £500 in cash were also taken away as part of the investigation.

Sergeant Matthew Gould, who led the operation, said: "Every step we take to rid the local area of Class A drugs is a good one, so I'd like to thank the whole team for dealing with this professionally and swiftly.

"A lot of these operations are based on information received by the public, so if you do suspect someone of possessing or dealing drugs, please contact 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."


Special constables help with 50-50 drugs raid

Cannabis Four specially-trained special constables have been part of a team that has recovered a sizeable amount of cannabis from a Penkridge address.

The latest raid in 50-50 saw a team of officers go into a flat on Ablon Court at 6pm last night (Wed 19 Apr). The officers, which included four Special Constables who have recently been trained to conduct premises search and seizure procedures, discovered 320 grams of cannabis along Evidence Loggingwith a quantity of cash.

The specials assisted officers by conducting a search of the premises and also by seizing all of the items subject to the investigation.

A 25-year-old man living at the address was arrested for possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply.

Following the raid, the officers visited neighbouring properties to provide reassurance to the local community.

Sergeant Darren Platt, from the South Staffs local policing team, said: "Special constables are a real asset to the organisation and this specially trained team has enabled us to deliver an excellent result with all the professionalism you would expect from full-time officers.

"Once again 50-50 has shut down a known drugs location and disrupted the supply of illegal drugs in the Penkridge area." 

To follow updates use the hashtag #police5050.


Major patrols in the Moorlands for 50-50

Officers from lots of different areas of the force were out in the Moorlands yesterday (18 Apr) to tackle issues of concern ranging from rural and wildlife crime to anti-social behaviour.

The Tactical Support Road Crime Team, the special constabulary, a specially trained wildlife officer and members of the National Gamekeepers Organisation created a really visible policing presence on Tuesday to deter crime and offer advice to members of the public.

Using a mixture of marked and unmarked resources, we engaged with the local community and checked a variety of vehicles for defects and anything out of the ordinary.

As a result drivers were given advice over vehicle defects, one man was dealt with for defective vision, no MOT and no tax, and another driver was stopped for excess speed.

Lots of local residents were spoken to as well to gather feedback and to educate them on important crime prevention messages.

PC Michael Rushton, who was part of the team, said: "Although it was a relatively quiet day, we had great feedback from the local community about seeing a more visible policing presence in rural areas."

To follow updates or use the hashtag #police5050.


Crack cocaine and cannabis recovered in Stafford

A 50-50 operation over the Easter break saw a man arrested for possessing crack cocaine and cannabis.

Officers from Stafford entered a house on Peach Avenue and discovered a quantity of crack cocaine and cannabis and recovered £400 in cash.

An 18-year-old man from Stafford has been arrested for possession with intent to supply and a 41-year-old woman was issued with a community resolution for possession of cannabis.

To follow updates use the hashtag #police5050.

Week 5 of 50-50

The latest 50-50 operation has discovered a small cannabis factory in a residential garage thanks to Crimestoppers intelligence

We entered a house on Bridgnorth Road with a warrant and found 75 cannabis plants and approximately 14 ounces of dried cannabis ready to be sold. Consequently, an occupant of the address, a 61 year old man, has been arrested for production and cultivation of cannabis and abstraction of electricity.

Investigations are now ongoing, including drug analysis and valuation.

Inspector Giles Parsons, commander of the South Staffordshire local policing team, said: "Thanks must go to the public, who without their help today would not have been possible.

"Whether we receive the information directly or anonymously via Crimestoppers, my team of officers will always investigate it thoroughly and act where appropriate to stop crime in our local area."

Follow updates on social media using #police5050.


Sex workers, indecent images and drugs all in a day's work for 50-50

Police across the county have been busy as part of 50-50 tackling a brothel, arresting someone for downloading indecent images and continuing to shut down known drug locations.

Our officers raided a house on Stanfield Road in Burslem yesterday evening (Mon 10 Apr) following suspicions that it was a brothel. No arrests were made, but enquiries are now ongoing and police are working towards having the property shut down.

A house on Hoskins Road in Tunstall was entered under a warrant today to find two cannabis plants. A man at the address is helping with our enquiries.

Finally under Operation Safenet - our ongoing project to stop the downloading and distribution of indecent images involving children - a 56 year old man from Hanley was arrested this morning for possessing and making indecent images.

Superintendent Martin Brereton, head of local policing in the north of Staffordshire, said: "Today's diverse set of results shows that 50-50 encompasses all areas of crime. In the days and weeks to come there are lots more targets and no criminal should think he or she is safe, we've got over a million pairs of eyes in Staffordshire all looking out for wrong-doing."

Follow updates on social media using #police5050.


Officers find £250,000 cannabis factory in Leek

A 50-50 raid this weekend (8/9 April) has found a sophisticated cannabis growing facility hidden by a false wall.

Leek officers entered a seemingly disused building on Sneyd Street in Leek on Saturday to find three growing rooms and a drying room hidden by a false wall.

The rooms were filled with 206 mature plants and 75 that had been cultivated ready for processing for sale. All of the plants and cultivated cannabis has been valued at £250,000.

Following further investigation we discovered that the electricity also had a partial bypass to power the facility without raising suspicion.

No one was found in the building, but we are appealing for information about a blue Ford, 5 door, that has been seen parked outside the building on a regular basis.

Sgt Rob Peacock, who led the operation, said: "This was a significant drugs operation that has been uncovered and we will continue to develop opportunities to tackle drugs in the community.

"If anyone has any concerns or information around drugs please let the police know. Often you can see things and be unsure if you should contact the police. It may be that the information you have is the missing piece to our jigsaw and I would encourage you to let us know by calling 101."

On Sunday we entered a house on Woodpigeon Drive in Cannock with a warrant as part of 50-50. Within the loft officers found a small grow containing two large cannabis plants and one smaller plant. The occupants were away so no arrests have been made at this point.

Follow updates on social media using #police5050.

Week 4 of 50-50

Cannabis seized in Bentilee in 50-50 raid

Great work from Longton police officers for the 50-50 campaign has seen more cannabis taken off the streets. 

Our officers raided a house in Tring Close in Bentilee today (Fri 7 April). The team found cannabis valued at £250, which has now been seized.

A 19 year old man is being interviewed voluntarily to assist with our enquiries.

Follow updates on social media using #police5050.


Two Tamworth raids discover cannabis farms in residential areas

Tamworth Cannabis Farms50-50 has struck again, finding over 20 cannabis plants and arresting someone after two addresses in the Tamworth area were hit simultaneously in the early hours of the morning (Thus 6 Apr).

Our officers entered a house in Abelia, Wilnecote and found 9 plants and 13 cuttings and an offensive weapon was recovered too. As a result a 30-year-old man who lived at the address was arrested for the cultivation of cannabis.

A flat in Edale, Stonydelph was entered at the same time and our team found 14 plants, but the property was unoccupied. Work is now underway to locate the tenant of the property. We do not believe the two properties are linked.

Sergeant Kevin Randolph, who led both operations, said: "This is another great result for 50-50, and has gone some way to disrupting the supply of illegal drugs in the Tamworth area.

"We are still eager to link individuals to the Edale property, so if any member of the public has information on this, please contact 101 quoting incident number 103 of the 6th April."

Follow updates on social media using #police5050.

 


50-50 discovers £150,000 cannabis factory in Hanley

Our officers have made a huge dent in the production of cannabis in Stoke-on-Trent after discovering a cannabis factory in Hanley.

This morning (Wed 5 Apr) we entered a building on Waterloo Road in Hanley and arrested two men, discovered £85,000 worth of cannabis ready Over 300 cannabis plants foundto be sold and over 300 plants ready to be processed into cannabis worth up to £65,000.

The building was deemed unsafe, so under section 17 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act we entered it without a warrant. Officers found two men inside who subsequently tried to run away, but were stopped by officers and arrested.

Both men were arrested for the production of cannabis, the first aged 24 and of no fixed address and the second aged 20 from London.

Sergeant Laura Morrey, who led the operation, said: "This is a fantastic result by the team and should seriously disrupt the supply of cannabis in the local area.

"50-50 is continuing to demonstrate how effective our officers are and how risky it is for anyone to consider committing crime like this."

Follow updates on social media using #police5050.


50-50 focusing on anti-social behaviour and drugs in Stoke-on-Trent

Our 50-50 operation has been busy in Stoke-on-Trent this weekend with operations taking place in Hanley to reduce anti-social behaviour and reduce the supply of drugs.

Cannabis - LongtonOfficers from the Stoke Central local policing team were out in force in Hanley on Saturday (1 April) and as a result there was one arrest, five community protection warnings - which are low-level warnings for anti-social behaviour, six people were considered at risk of causing disorder and violence and so were directed to leave a specified area and not return for a fixed period of time, and officers engaged with over 40 members of the public, formally recording their concerns and views in community contact records.

One man, Michael Haddon, 29, was arrested and charged for two counts of theft of items of a value of approximately £100.

Chief Inspector Neil Hulme, commander of the Stoke Central local policing team, said: "Our officers did a sterling job and made a real difference to shoppers' experience on Saturday. Feedback from visitors and businesses was overwhelmingly positive to see a strong presence in the town.

"On top of the arrest and orders we know a number of drug users were disrupted from carrying out their daily business due to the proactive work from my officers.

"This latest effort will go a long way to help our ongoing work addressing the levels of anti-social behaviour within the city centre."

Longton officers were also successful earlier today after securing a warrant to search a house in Hutchinson Walk. Inside they found 18 cannabis plants that have now been removed and destroyed. Enquiries are ongoing to locate the tenant of the property.

Finally officers raided a house on St. Michaels Road in Chell this afternoon and have seized a quantity of cannabis vegetation and £400 in cash. A man has been invited to Burslem Police Station for a Voluntary Interview.

Follow updates on social media using #police5050.

Week 3 of 50-50

Continuing success for Operation 50-50

As week three of our dedicated operation draws to a close we are continuing to keep the pressure on criminals who target our communities.

Rural and wildlife crime, tackling drugs misuse and dealing with road safety matters remain a key focus.

Over the last two nights officers from South Staffordshire Local Policing Team (LPT)  have turned their attention to criminals impacting on rural communities.

Officers have targeted those suspected of travelling across the Force border to commit crime including burglaries, theft of and from vehicles, and theft of lead and diesel.

A number of vehicles were stop-checked over the two-day period.

Supt Elliott Sharrard-Williams, commander for local policing in the south of the county, said: "Operation 50-50 is continuing to have a positive impact on our communities with visible policing activity taking place at various times and locations.

"Now in week three we have made a number of arrests for various crime and drug-related matters. We are continuing to target what the public are telling us are problems in their communities.

"Our 50-day campaign is having a positive impact and we are keen to hear from anyone who wants to share their issues with us, so we can act on them."

Yesterday (Thurs 30 Mar)) Operation 50-50 also saw activity in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

A warrant was executed under the Misuse of Drugs Act at an address on Nash Street, Knutton, where quantities of cannabis, and other suspected drugs, were seized.

A 20-year-old man was arrested away from the property on suspicion of possession with intent to supply. He has been bailed, pending further inquiries.

Tomorrow (Sat) there will be an increased visible presence in Hanley as we target begging and shoplifting in the city centre, as well as working with businesses and traders to increase crime prevention awareness.

Follow our latest updates by using the hashtag #police5050 on Twitter


Operation 50-50: Keeping up the pressure

We are continuing to execute warrants at addresses across the county as part of our dedicated 50-day campaign.

Today (Wed 29 Mar)) officers raided a property on St Bernard's Road, Knutton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

St Bernard's BackTwo men were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs. The two men, aged 22 and 25 and from the Liverpool area, have been released pending an ongoing investigation.

Items connected to the supply of drugs were recovered.

There has been a highly visible police presence at the location whilst we carried out a search of the property and local PCSOs (police community support officers) will remain in the area over the coming hours.

In recent days Operation 50-50 activity has also taken place in Beverley Hill, Cannock, and in Clarke Street, Hanley, where we were able to reassure local people that we are taking positive action based on information about drug supply and anti-social behaviour. St Bernard's Front

We have also carried out high-visibility patrols at Ventura retail park in Tamworth following a recent spate of thefts from shops.  As a result of our activity there were no offences reported over the weekend.

Ch Supt Wayne Jones, Head of Local Poling and Operations, said: "We are now in week three of Operation 50-50 and are continuing to focus on individuals, addresses and public places where we can make things better for local residents and businesses by delivering some hard-edged enforcement, or by just being a far more visible deterrent at the times when its needed most."

Follow our latest updates by using the hashtag #police5050 on Twitter.


An imitation handgun and two daggers have been seized in the latest 50-50 raid

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 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."

#police5050.

Week 2 of 50-50

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."

Follow our latest updates by using the hashtag #police5050 on Twitter.


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.

Follow our latest updates by using the hashtag #police5050 on Twitter.


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.

Please follow our 50-50 updates by using the hashtag #police5050 on Twitter


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.

Follow updates by using the hashtag #police5050 on Twitter.


50/50 making an impact: Five arrested following charity shop burglary

50-50 RaidsFive 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.

Week 1 - 50-50 begins

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

Day 1Addresses 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

50in50One 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."

#police5050.


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."

#police5050.


Three arrested after drugs found in car on M6

Day 4 of 50-50 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.