Raids lead to arrests in Easington, North Shields and Thirsk

Four men have been arrested in early morning raids across the north of England in connection with alleged drugs and money-laundering offences.

More than 50 officers raided addresses in Easington in County Durham, North Shields and Thirsk in North Yorkshire.

Men aged 41, 40, 35 and 27 were being questioned at police stations in Peterlee and Durham city.

The raids were part of ongoing operations into the activities of crime gangs in County Durham and Darlington.

Officers from the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) were helped by detectives from the Durham and Northumbria forces.

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