Further arrests in Staffordshire as Operation Disrupt continues

Arrests for suspected drugs, theft and driving offences have taken place as Staffordshire Police's Operation Disrupt continues.

In the first two weeks of the operation – which aims to disrupt criminal activity in the county – there have been a total of 146 arrests.

Two men were arrested after officers stopped a suspected stolen van being driven erratically in Cannock early on Tuesday morning. Officers were patrolling Eastern Way when they spotted the van. Two men ran from the van when it was stopped in a nearby cul-de-sac.

A police dog detained one man and a second man was found hiding nearby. Two women were also arrested.

A 35-year-old man from Bloxwich was arrested on suspicion of theft of motor vehicle, driving with alcohol above the limit, dangerous driving and aggravated vehicle taking. A 19-year-old from Cannock was arrested on suspicion of theft of motor vehicle. Both have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

The women who were arrested were released without further action.

Two men were also charged with drugs offences in Tamworth. Daniel Hepple, 39, of Amington, is charged with being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine, driving while disqualified and without insurance. Raymond Germaine, 30, of Northfield, Birmingham, is charged with possession with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine and possessing criminal property.

They were appearing before magistrates today.

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