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In pictures: Police drugs raids in County Durham

Officers force their way in
A wake up call for suspected drug dealers Credit: ITV News

Police have carried out a series of dawn raids across County Durham targeting suspected drug dealers. The operation was linked to searches in other parts of the country, including Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester. In total, 15 people were arrested, 7 in County Durham.

A broken door handle
Signs of entry Credit: ITV News
One of the instruments used to gain entry
Officers searched the properties Credit: ITV News

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Police fitness figures broken down

Police in 27 force areas have provided information on how many officers have taken fitness tests and how many have failed. Here are the North East results - Northumbria Police's statistics were unavailable.

  • CLEVELAND - 614 took the test, 18 failed, 16 were women
  • DURHAM - 216 took the test, 3 failed, all were women
  • NORTH YORKSHIRE - 1037 took the test, 28 failed, 21 were women

Sussex tested the most officers, with 1282 people taking the test. The most fails came from Suffolk, who had 58 fails from 829 people tested.

Inmate speaks out against detention centre abuse

It has emerged that the number of alleged victims of sexual abuse at a former County Durham detention centre has risen to 143.

Durham Police re-opened the investigation into abuse at Medomsley last year.

We have heard from one former inmate, who was subjected to horrific rapes and sexual assaults, who told us how his life fell apart when he confronted his demons.

Kevin Young's testimony helped convict Neville Husband, the prison officer responsible for much of the abuse - but he told Kenny Toal that since then his life has been in freefall.

Watch Kenny's full report below.

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