• Operation ALLOW

    Six men sentenced following their involvement in phone scams - men, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud on September 6, have today (Friday, October 17 2014) been sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court.

  • A teenager has been jailed for five years for telephone fraud

    A teenager has been jailed for five years for his part in a telephone fraud in which an elderly man was tricked out of £5,000 saving by thieves posing as police officers.

  • Teens plead guilty at Cambridge Crown Court to £50k fraud

    Six teenagers have pleaded guilty after being charged with a £50,000 courier fraud

  • Warning! Computer Scams...

    Police are issuing a warning to the public following a number of computer scams across Hertfordshire


     Four men who were arrested on Wednesday, July 9, are due to appear in court today (Friday, July 11) after being charged with conspiracy to defraud by false representation.

  • Class A drugs... the true cost

    What does a kg of a class A drug really cost?

  • Drug Traffickers Arrested

     Nine people have been charged with Conspiracy to Supply Class A and B drugs following a year-long operation by the ERSOU (Eastern Region Special Operations Unit)

  • Operation HERALD

    Confiscation order seizing over £1/2 million in cash and assets hits drugs gang where it hurts

  • Operation KNOCK

     The operation targeted a variety of methods that could be used to transport stolen items out of the UK, primarily roll on/roll off ferries and containers

  • Operation QUIZ

    Man sentenced to eleven years in custody following discovery of class A drugs in tyre

  • Crime Doesn't Pay!

    An unlicensed Bedfordshire wheel clamper who made over half a million pounds during a six year period has been ordered to re-pay £77,253.74 under the Proceeds of Crime Act following a hearing at Luton Crown Court.

  • Operation UNWIND

    Three men have been sentenced to over four years in custody for money laundering offences following an investigation the by Regional Asset Recovery Team (RART).

  • Operation LEAP

    Eight sentenced to over sixty five years in custody for money laundering and heroin trafficking.

    (Stock image shows the harsh reality of this drug)

  • Operation SCATTER

    Cross-border criminals sentenced

    Three men have been sentenced to a total of six years in prison for carrying out a series of burglaries and other offences across Norfolk.

  • Operation AMASS

    Four men have been sentenced to 54 years imprisonment  for a violent armed robbery - their actions described by the judge as '.... pre-meditated, cynical, violent and cowardly....'

  • Operation PILLOW

    3 men sentenced to more than 20 years for supplying class A drug cutting agents

  • Operation WATCH

    Seven men have been sentenced to nearly 50 years in prison for their roles in an organised crime group that were involved in the supply of cocaine in Norfolk

    (Photo shows a hydraulic press used to manufacture Cocaine blocks)

  • Operation STOKE

    Over £300,000 has been recovered by the Regional Asset Recovery Team (RART) as part of a confiscation order as a result of Operation STOKE

  • Operation CHISEL

    Interception of containers at East Coast ports recover stolen vehicles and metal



To protect the communities within the Eastern Region from Serious and Organised Crime.


To identify, disrupt and dismantle organised crime groups causing the most harm to the East.


Can do, Creative, Supportive

Our Mission


Criminals arrested


Years Imprisonment


Drugs Seized


Assets restrained


Cash seized


Confiscation Orders


Stolen Property & Vehicles




The areas highlighted in orange indicate the places where ERSOU investigations have impacted - both within and outside the region. (To read more simply click on the highlighted area and the force name to view the operations).

ERSOU's region covers the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk but targeting criminality will see operational teams operating outside this area.

Northumbria PoliceCumbria ConstabularyDurham ConstabularyHumberside PoliceWest Yorkshire PoliceNorth Yorkshire PoliceCleveland PoliceSouth Yorkshire PoliceLancashire ConstabularyGreater Manchester PoliceCheshire ConstabularyMerseyside PoliceWest Mercia PoliceStaffordshire PoliceDerbyshire ConstabularyLincolnshire PoliceNottinghamshire PoliceCambridgeshire ConstabularyLeicestershire ConstabularyWest Midlands PoliceWarwickshire PoliceNorthamptonshire PoliceBedfordshire PoliceSuffolk ConstabularyNorfolk ConstabularyEssex PoliceHertfordshire ConstabularySussex PoliceKent PoliceSurrey PoliceMetropolitan PoliceThames Valley PoliceGloucestershire ConstabularyWiltshire PoliceHampshire ConstabularyHampshire ConstabularyDorset PoliceAvon and Somerset ConstabularyDevon and Cornwall PoliceDyfed-Powys Police (Heddlu Dyfed Powys)South Wales Police (Heddlu De Cymru)Gwent Police (Heddlu Gwent)North Wales Police (Heddlu Gogledd Cymru)ScotlandEireNorthern IrelandInternational


Behind Bars

Click here to see a gallery of the criminals that have been captured and imprisoned by ERSOU over the past 6 months.

Latest News

Read about the latest information, news stories and successes in the fight against organised crime in the Eastern Region.

Sat 06th, Sep

Teens plead guilty at Cambridge Crown Court to £50k fraud charge

Six teenagers have pleaded guilty after being charged with a £50,000 courier fraud.

Thu 07th, Aug

Three men charged after cash and heroin worth nearly £250,000 seized by police in Norwich raids

Three men have been charged with drugs offences after cash and heroin worth nearly a quarter of a million pounds was seized by police following raids in Norwich yesterday.(Wed 6 Aug 2014)

Thu 07th, Aug

Warning following number of computer scams across county (Hertfordshire)

Police are issuing a warning to the public following a number of computer scams across the county.

Tue 05th, Aug

1 kg of class A drugs

The true cost of a Kg of a class A drug...

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