SIX vehicles were seized and two people arrested during a two-day operation to clamp down on crime in Wingate and Station Town.

Operation Atlantis saw officers from Peterlee Neighbourhood Team, Criminal Investigation Department and Road Policing Unit carrying out vehicle checks, patrols and search warrants, targeting known criminals and people using vehicles for illegal and antisocial activity.

Leading the operation, Sergeant Ralph Thompson, of Peterlee Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “These are issues raised often by the community, and we’re keen for those people to know that we are listening, and we are acting on those concerns.

“The likes of vehicle crime and anti-social behaviour is a huge detriment to the quality of life of residents, which is why we will continue to target and take action against identified offenders.”

Four vehicles were seized for no insurance or MOT, along with a quad bike and off-road bike, while nine drivers were reported for driving offences. Two people are arrested for drugs or criminal offences.

Sgt Thompson added: “A key part of maintaining public confidence in the work we do is being visible out there in the community, and being approachable to residents.

“Whether it’s by passing an officer on the street or by attending one of our meetings, we want the public to know that we are on hand to listen to their concerns, and we will act on those conversations.”

Officers also carried out a number of search warrants, stop and searches, and high-visibility patrols.

Two Police and Community Together (PACT) meetings were held, where crime prevention advice and bike marking was on offer to attendees.