Robbery, rape and threats to kill: 47 arrests made in four weeks by new Teesside police team

Inspector Adrian Dack, Hartlepool Neighbourhood Team
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A new police team have made 47 arrests in four weeks.

Hartlepool Police introduced the Proactive Team at the beginning of May and have since made arrests in connection with robbery, rape and threats to kill. Potential victims have also been safeguarded with the arrests of high-risk domestic abuse offenders.

In total, the team carried out 20 stop searches in the town, resulting in the seizure of drugs and suspected stolen property. Inspector Adrian Dack of Hartlepool Neighbourhoods said: "The Proactive Team has really made an impact on crime in the town in its first month.

"Having a team dedicated to making arrests, patrolling areas identified as hotspots for crime and violence and carrying out stop searches, really makes a difference. It frees up response officers for emergencies and allows detectives to continue with investigations, rather than spending time searching for suspects and taking them to be booked into police custody. It means that suspected criminals can be arrested quickly, safeguarding potential victims.

"Looking forward, I anticipate that the team will make a real difference to Hartlepool."