Derby

Five arrests in crackdown on stolen goods in Derby

Five men have been arrested as part of a police operation targeting stolen goods in Derby.

A pub and a taxi company were raided in the Alvaston and Swadlincote areas as part of the crackdown.

Officers recovered a quantity of property, suspected cannabis, counterfeit DVDs and cash.

The pub, the Harrington Arms, in London Road, Alvaston, has been closed and Derbyshire Police has applied for its licence to be revoked.

'Dubious background'

One man was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods, money laundering and drugs offences and is being questioned.

Four men arrested following the raid on Alpha Cars, in High Street, Swadlincote, have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Det Sgt Dave Simmonds said: "The message we want to get across is that there is a potential for stolen goods to be traded in many places and that some people seemingly are happy to buy goods that may have a dubious background.

"Buying these types of goods isn't about getting a bargain it means you are fuelling the market which is filled by items taken as a result of burglaries, robberies and thefts.

"Police and trading standards departments will be working together to patrol and monitor local outdoor markets and car boot sales to ensure that criminals don't try to exploit these events to dispose of stolen items."

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