Police used a chainsaw to break through a reinforced door as they carried out a drugs raid in Newcastle.

Officers executed the warrant at a property in the Byker Wall area on Thursday after residents raised concerns about drug dealing and motorcycle crime.

When they arrived at the address on Cheviot Mount, they were unable to gain access so used the chainsaw to force entry.

A small quantity of drugs and a suspected stolen motorbike were seized but nobody was arrested.

Police used a chainsaw to carry out a drug raid in Byker Wall, during which they seized drugs and a suspected stolen motorbike


Inspector Dan Whyte, of the Newcastle East Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "We were able to secure a warrant on the property because of information we received from the public.

"They were concerned about activity at this premises and there was enough there for us to be able to carry out a raid of the address to secure evidence.

"We knew it was a reinforced door and have highly trained officers in the Firearms Support Unit who decided using a chainsaw was the quickest way for us to safely gain entry to the address.

"It was a rude awakening for the occupants but as a result of these warrants we have seized vital evidence and also secured a suspected stolen motorcycle.

"Our enquiries will continue in the coming days and weeks but we hope this activity reassures the community and shows we will respond robustly when you tell us about suspected criminal activity."

Anyone with information about suspected drug dealing is asked to contact police on 101 or report it anonymously by calling independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Information can also be reported online through the Northumbria Police website or by emailing [email protected]