A ROUTINE stop and search led to the seizure of weapons and drugs by police officers in Billingham.

At around 7.15pm on Wednesday evening, Stockton Neighbourhood Officers saw a vehicle that appeared to be speeding in Billingham.

Officers stopped and searched the vehicle and seized class A drugs and cash. The 29-year-old male driver was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

In connection with the arrest, officers then searched a property on Wollaton Road in Billingham where suspected class A drugs, drugs paraphernalia, an air weapon and three samurai swords were seized from the address.

A woman aged 29 was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

Both the man and woman have been released pending further enquiries.

Residents with any information about criminal activity in their area should contact the police on 101.