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Christmas message for burglars

21 Dec 2015 10:30 AM

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Police in Newcastle and Gateshead have a very special Christmas message that they want to pass on to all of the burglars in the areas.

Officers from the Central Area Command burglary team are hand delivering Christmas cards to the known burglars living in both Newcastle and Gateshead this week.

They will be knocking on their doors and passing the force's festive greetings on along with a little warning and some advice about their behaviour over the Christmas holidays.

Chief Inspector Steve Ammari said: "We know who the burglars are and where they live, we have a good idea which of them are active and are committing burglaries here in our area, and so we want to remind them that we are watching them and that we will be quick to take action if they break into any homes this Christmas.

"Burglary is a horrible and intrusive offence to have to suffer at any time of the year, but especially so at Christmas when people are celebrating and looking forward to enjoying spending time with their friends and family.

"We will do everything we can to stop burglars and help our communities stay safe, and if we can spread a little Christmas cheer at the same time then why not?

"So if you're a burglar living in Newcastle or Gateshead you can expect a knock on your door in the coming days or a special little Christmas delivery, courtesy of Northumbria Police, through your letter box very soon."

During November more than 70 people were arrested in Newcastle and Gateshead in connection with burglaries as part of the #BeatTheBurglar campaign, with officers promising that this activity will continue over the Christmas period and into 2016.