Farmwatch operation sees seven arrests

Seven men have been charged with a range of offences during a Farmwatch operation in the north-east of England.

Three men from Seaham and three men from Barton were charged with taking a vehicle without consent, theft from a vehicle and handling stolen goods.

A 31-year-old man from Bishop Auckland has been charged with burglary.

About 80 volunteers from around the region and 60 police officers from the three forces took part in the operation on Wednesday.

Three men, aged 22, 33 and 37, from the Seaham area, were arrested near the border with Cumbria, and will be appearing before Carlisle magistrates on 1 December.

The men, aged 33, 32 and 26, from Darlington were stopped in Barton on suspicion of being in a stolen vehicle, and will be appearing before Northallerton magistrates on 2 December.

The man from Bishop Auckland was charged with stealing £16,000 of power tools, and will appear before Newton Aycliffe magistrates on 2 December.

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