Police in Blyth crackdown on burglary

21 Jan 2016 12:17 PM

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Two men have been arrested as part of an ongoing crackdown on theft and burglary in Blyth.

The arrests support Operation Merlin which is focused on reducing crime and disorder in Blyth and making it an even safer place to live and work.

Jeffrey Stoker, 27, of Seventh Street, Blyth has been charged with one count of burglary, three counts of theft and one count of criminal damage. He has been remanded in custody.

Another man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

The arrests follow a report from a member of the public about two men acting suspiciously in the Princes Gardens area of Blyth on Sunday, January 17.

Chief Inspector for Northern Area Command, Nicola Musgrove, said: "The arrests are a direct result of a quick thinking member of the public who noticed suspicious activity and reported it to police straight away.

"Crimes such as theft and burglary have an impact not just on individuals but on the wider community and we want people to be reassured that we are carrying out activity every day to keep our communities safe.

"We need residents to continue working with us but there's also steps they can take to reduce their risk of falling victim to such a crime. We know that burglars will walk down a street trying the door handles to homes and will seek out addresses that don't look secure.

"Key advice includes always locking doors and windows, even when inside, and removing anything valuable from near doors and windows. Consider installing security devices such as an alarm, CCTV or security lighting, all of which puts thieves off."

For more crime prevention advice visit the Northumbria Police website at or call 101.