Known criminals targeted in Cleveland Police operation

Police on Teesside are planning to carry out more than 40 operations over the coming week as part of efforts to target known criminals.

Officers from Cleveland Police will focus on domestic violence, anti-social behaviour, drug dealing and shop crime during Operation Tornado.

Assistant chief constable Sean White said the operation was a direct response to community concerns.

New figures showed crime levels across the force area at an all-time low.

Recorded crime

Mr White said: "Operation Tornado is about mobilising the resources of the force to deal with the issues that people have told us they have concerns about.

"Throughout the course of the week, we will also be tracking down people who are wanted on warrant for offences, and making sure they appear at court."

Operation Tornado runs from 31 January to 6th February.

Figures released by the force earlier this month showed recorded crime at an all-time low.

In 2010 there was an average of 13% fewer recorded crimes, in all categories, than in the previous year.

The largest reductions included burglary (26.3%) and anti-social behaviour was down by 12.2%.

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