FOUR people have been arrested on suspicion of drug dealing following a raid on a Darlington house this morning.

A quantity of a class A substance was also discovered at the address in Throstlenest Avenue, off Haughton Road.

Police officers carried out a forced entry at the house at around 11am after receiving intelligence from the local community.

Following the raid, officers put up posters at the address to let people know that police had taken action.

PC Richie Garratt, one of the officers who executed the search warrant, said: "This house has been an area of concern for residents and therefore this reassures the public."

Following the raid one woman and three men were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of illegal substances.

Inspector Steve Ball from the offender management unit, said: "This is an excellent example of police responding to information from the local community and information from residents who are sick and tired of the activities around drug dealing in Darlington.

"We cant always tell people who we deal with that information but as soon as weve got enough information well deal with it.

"We continue to look at intelligence.

"Id encourage people who have information about drug dealing to ring the police and well look at the information and well develop it.

"Hopefully when we can do something well let them know."

Insp Ball said police also linked with the Crown Prosecution Service in the operation.

Officers also worked closely with drug agencies to ensure that anybody arrested would be given the appropriate treatment.