31st Oct, 2020

Four arrested following operation to tackle organised crime group

Joshua Godfrey 19th Jul, 2017 Updated: 19th Jul, 2017

FOUR people have been arrested following a multi-agency operation in Cleeve Prior to tackle an organised crime group.

During the raid on the site off Evesham Road this morning, Western Power discovered a number of electricity abstraction offences which had caused the electricity supply to the site to be unsafe.

Two men, aged 41 and 63, both from Cleeve Prior, have been arrested on suspicion of abstracting electricity.

The operation also saw officers from West Mercia Police recover two stolen motorcycles and two stolen caravans. A 19 year old man from Cleeve Prior has been arrested on suspicion of theft of a caravan.

A 16 year old boy wanted on suspicion of the burglary of a house in order to steal a car was also arrested.

A number of cannabis plants were also discovered on the site and seized by officers.

All four arrested are currently in custody and investigations are continuing to identify further offenders.

Worcestershire County Council, Wychavon District Council, Western Power, Hereford and Worcester Fire Service, RSPCA and TV Licensing were also involved in the pre-planned operation.

Policing Commander for South Worcestershire, Superintendent Kevin Purcell, said: “Today we have acted decisively on community concerns around organised crime in this area. Together with partners we have identified crimes at the location and have made a number of arrests.”


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