Operation Steel Blue - A Summer of Success

Drugs, growing equipment, cash and even weapons were seized over the summer after officers from Middlesbrough’s neighbourhood policing teams launched Operation Steel Blue.

Op Steel Blue Raid Between 31st July and 1st September, officers raided 17 addresses across the town in a bid to tackle drug dealing and the crime and antisocial behaviour which often goes hand in hand with it.

Neighbourhood officers were supported over the weeks by plain clothed officers, colleagues from Dog Section and officers from the Community Drugs Enforcement Team among others.

Neighbourhoods Inspector Rob Jones said: “Residents were reporting that their lives were being blighted by drug dealing and other crime so, using information from the community to build on the intelligence officers had already gathered, we launched Operation Steel Blue.

“It’s been really successful and residents have definitely got on board with it. We’ve had lots of positive feedback with local people speaking to officers face to face and others posting supportive comments on the Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Police Team’s new social media pages. 

“We will continue to listen to residents’ concerns and will act upon them as soon as possible.  We do rely heavily on information provided by the law abiding majority and we promise to continue working with them to address any issues which may be affecting them.”

Anyone with information on drug dealing or other crime should phone Cleveland Police on the 101 number.  Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers via its website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by phoning 0800 555 111.