Eight people charged after operation across the Hunter

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Eight people have been charged following a high-visibility operation across the Hunter this week.

Operation Northern Engage was aimed at targeting repeat offenders and increasing crime trends across the area.

The operation was conducted in Cessnock and Singleton on Wednesday 6 May and across Lake Macquarie the next day.

Officers from the respective police districts (Hunter Valley and Lake Macquarie) were supported by 25 officers from the Northern Region.

The operation included officers from the High-Risk Domestic Violence Offender Team, the High-Visibility Police Unit, the Police Dog Unit, the Hunter Region Enforcement Squad, Operation Utah officers and operational staff.

Northern Region Operations Manager, Detective Superintendent Wayne Humphrey, said high-visibility policing continues to remind the community police are on the streets to protect them.

“Policing has certainly looked different in the past few months, but officers across the Hunter have continued their daily duties – targeting repeat offenders and keeping crime rates down,” he said.

“This operation is just another example of how we can continue to utilise our resources in innovative and productive ways.”

The operation saw a 28-year-old unlicensed woman was subjected to a roadside drug test which returned a positive result. She was taken to Cessnock Police Station to conduct a secondary test.

In Lake Macquarie a 17-year-old girl and 20-year-old man were stopped by police in Speers Point where police allegedly located methylamphetamine inside their vehicle. It’s further alleged the teenage girl was unlicensed. The man was issued an infringement notice for driving offences while the teenage girl was issued with a youth caution.

Similar operations will continue to be rolled out across the Northern region.