A CHEADLE woman has been given a 12 months conditional discharge after being caught with a Class A drug. Louise Stone, aged 42, of Cheltenham Avenue in Cheadle was arrested by Staffordshire Police on July 12, following the issue of a warrant for an address in Cheadle’s High Street. She was arrested under the suspicion of failing to appear and possession of a Class A, and was subsequently charged with possession of a Class A drug.
Stone appeared before North Staffordshire Magistrates Court on July 13 and was sentenced to 12 months conditional discharge.
The arrest, and subsequent charge and sentence of Louise Stone, was part of Staffordshire Police’s recent county wide Operation Disrupt.
Officers made more than 100 arrests in the two weeks of action earlier this month; seizing cars, drugs and thousands of pounds in cash, as Operation Disrupt targeted criminal activity across the county.
Arrests were made right across the county for offences ranging from suspected GBH and robbery, to suspected drugs offences, possession of offensive weapons and assaults.
Also as part of Operation Disrupt, Jesse Lovatt, aged 19 of Mount Road in Blythe Bridge, was arrested and charged with possession of Class B and Class A drugs, as well as obstructing a police officer
Lovatt appeared before Magistrates court on Monday, July 29 and was fined £120 as well as ordered to pay £32 victim surcharge, and £135 in costs.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “Operation Disrupt consisted of highly visible hot spot policing, stop and search activity, the targeting of wanted offenders, including those using our roads network and a number of intelligence led arrests and search warrants.”
Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime Matthew Ellis has praised police on the impact that Operation Disrupt has had on criminality.
The commissioner commended the force for the success of the operation and said it was one of many new opportunities made possible through extra tax money local people are paying.
He said: “The operation has got into the heart of communities and is cracking down hard on the types of crime that impact and upset law-abiding people.
“Some individuals and families are a scourge on our society and it’s vital that police take the action needed to deal with that.
“Doing so makes it clear that harm won’t be tolerated and criminals will feel the weight of the law if they continue.
“Asking people across Staffordshire for extra money through local tax is not easy and most of my time in office I have not done that.
“I do believe, however, that higher profile and more policing will be welcomed by most people.
“And let’s be clear, this is not a one-off – the investment has helped fund a dedicated disruptions team, which works solely on disrupting the criminals and their networks 24/7.
“There’s also a new roads policing team as a direct result of that money, which plays a big part in tackling all kinds of crime and keeping us all safe.
“This is exactly the sort of activity we all want to see more of and I commend Staffordshire Police for such a successful operation.”
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