Man arrested in town centre police operation

A MAN has been arrested as part of a police operation aimed at clamping down on shoplifters and drug abuse in a North-East town.

About 15 officers took part in the ‘surge’ in Darlington town centre on Tuesday (December 18) lunch time.

The man, who is in his late 20s, was arrested on suspicion of being in breach of his bail conditions.

As part of the operation, a sniffer dog was used to look for drugs in five town centre pubs – none were found.

Police also carried out a number of stop-and-searches as part of the operation, which is aimed at reassuring shoppers in the run-up to Christmas.

Sergeant Dave Barker, head of the Darlington town centre police team, said the operation had been a success.

He said: “Over the Christmas and New Year period, we will be putting measures in place to deter shoplifters and pick up known criminals.

“We took a passive drugs dog into five pubs and there was no indication of drugs in any of them.

“My intention is to run several of these operations leading up to Christmas and in between then and New Year.

“People might think they can get away [with commiting drugs offences in pubs], but we only have to be lucky that one time and we have had some substantial sentences handed out on previous occasions.

“We could be coming any time – day or night.”

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5:04pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Durham Exile says...

'Police also carried out a number of stop-and-searches'

Did they have reasonable grounds for carrying out all these stop and searches? I do wonder...

Do pub landlords have to agree to allow sniffer dogs into their pubs? If so, I'd like to know which 5 pubs these were - and I'll drink elsewhere. I don't take drugs and if I'm enjoying a few pints in a pub I don't want a bunch of cops with dogs crawling all over the place hassling me for no reason and spoiling my evening. Chances are they'd only find cannabis anyway, nothing serious.
'Police also carried out a number of stop-and-searches' Did they have reasonable grounds for carrying out all these stop and searches? I do wonder... Do pub landlords have to agree to allow sniffer dogs into their pubs? If so, I'd like to know which 5 pubs these were - and I'll drink elsewhere. I don't take drugs and if I'm enjoying a few pints in a pub I don't want a bunch of cops with dogs crawling all over the place hassling me for no reason and spoiling my evening. Chances are they'd only find cannabis anyway, nothing serious. Durham Exile

5:33pm Tue 18 Dec 12

TheSeer says...

Some people are never happy.
I for one am pleased that the cops are out locking up druggies. I was in Tanners months ago when sniffer dogs came in. It was in my vicinity for no more than 5 seconds before moving on. Hardly spoiling an evening.

And 'pub' is short for public house so I think they would struggle to refuse entry to police officers acting lawfully. And i imagine it will be in the terms of their licence.

I would be happy to see sniffer dogs in every pub i drink in. Can't stand druggies.
Some people are never happy. I for one am pleased that the cops are out locking up druggies. I was in Tanners months ago when sniffer dogs came in. It was in my vicinity for no more than 5 seconds before moving on. Hardly spoiling an evening. And 'pub' is short for public house so I think they would struggle to refuse entry to police officers acting lawfully. And i imagine it will be in the terms of their licence. I would be happy to see sniffer dogs in every pub i drink in. Can't stand druggies. TheSeer

9:25pm Tue 18 Dec 12

maclaren says...

Durham Exile wrote:
'Police also carried out a number of stop-and-searches'

Did they have reasonable grounds for carrying out all these stop and searches? I do wonder...

Do pub landlords have to agree to allow sniffer dogs into their pubs? If so, I'd like to know which 5 pubs these were - and I'll drink elsewhere. I don't take drugs and if I'm enjoying a few pints in a pub I don't want a bunch of cops with dogs crawling all over the place hassling me for no reason and spoiling my evening. Chances are they'd only find cannabis anyway, nothing serious.
Spoiling your evening **** off you ****
[quote][p][bold]Durham Exile[/bold] wrote: 'Police also carried out a number of stop-and-searches' Did they have reasonable grounds for carrying out all these stop and searches? I do wonder... Do pub landlords have to agree to allow sniffer dogs into their pubs? If so, I'd like to know which 5 pubs these were - and I'll drink elsewhere. I don't take drugs and if I'm enjoying a few pints in a pub I don't want a bunch of cops with dogs crawling all over the place hassling me for no reason and spoiling my evening. Chances are they'd only find cannabis anyway, nothing serious.[/p][/quote]Spoiling your evening **** off you **** maclaren

9:27pm Tue 18 Dec 12

maclaren says...

maclaren wrote:
Durham Exile wrote:
'Police also carried out a number of stop-and-searches'

Did they have reasonable grounds for carrying out all these stop and searches? I do wonder...

Do pub landlords have to agree to allow sniffer dogs into their pubs? If so, I'd like to know which 5 pubs these were - and I'll drink elsewhere. I don't take drugs and if I'm enjoying a few pints in a pub I don't want a bunch of cops with dogs crawling all over the place hassling me for no reason and spoiling my evening. Chances are they'd only find cannabis anyway, nothing serious.
Spoiling your evening **** off you ****
Wish I could say what has been bleated out Durham exile you make me sick to the core
[quote][p][bold]maclaren[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Durham Exile[/bold] wrote: 'Police also carried out a number of stop-and-searches' Did they have reasonable grounds for carrying out all these stop and searches? I do wonder... Do pub landlords have to agree to allow sniffer dogs into their pubs? If so, I'd like to know which 5 pubs these were - and I'll drink elsewhere. I don't take drugs and if I'm enjoying a few pints in a pub I don't want a bunch of cops with dogs crawling all over the place hassling me for no reason and spoiling my evening. Chances are they'd only find cannabis anyway, nothing serious.[/p][/quote]Spoiling your evening **** off you ****[/p][/quote]Wish I could say what has been bleated out Durham exile you make me sick to the core maclaren

9:31pm Tue 18 Dec 12

maclaren says...

Durham Exile wrote:
'Police also carried out a number of stop-and-searches'

Did they have reasonable grounds for carrying out all these stop and searches? I do wonder...

Do pub landlords have to agree to allow sniffer dogs into their pubs? If so, I'd like to know which 5 pubs these were - and I'll drink elsewhere. I don't take drugs and if I'm enjoying a few pints in a pub I don't want a bunch of cops with dogs crawling all over the place hassling me for no reason and spoiling my evening. Chances are they'd only find cannabis anyway, nothing serious.
Can't believe how angry I am at your unbelievable comments you are a disgrace to normal law abiding people you should be ashamed in what you have said but hey you won't be but that's what you are an oxygen thief
[quote][p][bold]Durham Exile[/bold] wrote: 'Police also carried out a number of stop-and-searches' Did they have reasonable grounds for carrying out all these stop and searches? I do wonder... Do pub landlords have to agree to allow sniffer dogs into their pubs? If so, I'd like to know which 5 pubs these were - and I'll drink elsewhere. I don't take drugs and if I'm enjoying a few pints in a pub I don't want a bunch of cops with dogs crawling all over the place hassling me for no reason and spoiling my evening. Chances are they'd only find cannabis anyway, nothing serious.[/p][/quote]Can't believe how angry I am at your unbelievable comments you are a disgrace to normal law abiding people you should be ashamed in what you have said but hey you won't be but that's what you are an oxygen thief maclaren

11:11pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Homshaw1 says...

Can't believe some of the language allowed on this forum Putting a few stars in place of letters does not make it OK

The guy is entitled to his opinion but it would be wrong to choose only 5 pubs or restaurants so I would hope the police will eventually visit all pubs and restaurants in Darlington
Can't believe some of the language allowed on this forum Putting a few stars in place of letters does not make it OK The guy is entitled to his opinion but it would be wrong to choose only 5 pubs or restaurants so I would hope the police will eventually visit all pubs and restaurants in Darlington Homshaw1

1:26pm Wed 19 Dec 12

Skallywagg says...

Not a huge fan of 'The boys in blue' myself. However we need to rid the streets of drugs, its time round up the scum who deal it and support the users to get clean.
Not a huge fan of 'The boys in blue' myself. However we need to rid the streets of drugs, its time round up the scum who deal it and support the users to get clean. Skallywagg

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