Two burglars sentenced

05 Feb 2016 12:00 PM

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Two men have been sentenced for burglary.

James Mitchell Lee, 21, of Wilberforce Street in Jarrow and Darren John Marchant, 37, of no fixed address, were charged jointly with burglary to a South Tyneside business.

Both men were sentenced at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, February 2.

Lee was given a 12 week prison sentence and recalled on licence. Marchant received a 12 week sentence suspended for 18 months.

The men were charged after a burglary at a commercial premises in Bedesway in Jarrow late on Sunday, January 31.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, said: "This is a great success for Northumbria Police and our officers who are working hard to reduce crime and lock up those responsible.

"It sends out a clear message to anyone thinking they can break into people’s homes and steal their property - you will be caught and suffer the consequences.

"I hope it also gives the law abiding majority who are living in South Tyneside confidence that their neighbourhood police teams are doing all they can to take firm action."

Chief Inspector Jerry Pearson said: "This is a fantastic result that has seen two burglars charged and sentenced within days of the burglary taking place and shows the dedication of officers to ensure quick action is taken."

The sentences come as Northumbria Police launches Operation Impact in Sunderland and South Tyneside - aimed at tackling burglary.

Ch Insp Pearson added: "Burglary is a priority for us and we will not stop targeting those we believe to be responsible and making sure they are apprehended and face the consequences of their actions."

To find out more about Operation Impact visit the Northumbria Police website

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