A SOUTH Tyneside man got a rude awakening today when police launched a morning raid on his flat.
Plainclothes detectives in unmarked cars swooped on an upstairs property in Galsworthy Road, Biddick Hall, South Shields, at 8am today.
The officers were acting on tip-offs and intelligence gathered about possible drugs in the flat.
The raid was part of a month-long crackdown on burglaries in the borough, which police say are linked to drug users.
The 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis, a Class B drug.
He was still being interviewed at South Shields police station this morning while officers continued to search the flat.
Detective Inspector Caroline Ord, from South Tyneside CID, said: “Today’s action is linked to the forcewide campaign cracking down on burglary.
“Often burglaries are committed to fund drug use.
“By targeting those suspected of being involved in drug offences, we aim to put a stop to further crime such as burglaries.
“As always we would urge residents to help us by reporting any suspicious activity so that we can take action.”
As the campaign continues throughout April, residents are once again reminded to keep their homes safe.
Det Insp Ord added: “We need residents’ help to ensure they don’t become a victim of burglary.
“Make sure windows and doors locked as sneak-in burglaries account for over 40% of burglaries in South Tyneside.
“Don’t give thieves an open invite.
“Working together, we can continue to cut crime in the borough and maintain its reputation as a safe place to live, work and visit.”
Anyone who suspects drug activity is happening in their area can contact police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Information can also be passed on to the neighbourhood policing team.