Burglary operation launched in east Newcastle

16 Feb 2016 10:25 AM

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A policing operation has been launched in the Newcastle East area to tackle an increase in burglaries and thefts of cars.

In recent weeks we have seen a number of homes broken into, often by sneak thieves, where cars parked outside of the properties have been taken.

These offences have been happening in the Byker, Walker, Heaton and Jesmond areas.

In response, officers from the local neighbourhood policing team, along with detectives from the central burglary team, are running an operation aimed at identifying and arresting those involved and preventing further crimes from happening.

'Operation Diamond' is already underway and involves both uniform and plain clothed officers carrying out patrols in the area day and night. They will be on the look out for offenders and also passing on crime prevention advice to residents.

Officers from the force's mounted section are carrying out patrols through the streets in the areas where crimes have been committed, acting as a deterrent to criminals and also helping raise awareness in the operation.

Motor Patrols officers will be carrying out patrols all across the Byker, Walker, Heaton and Jesmond areas and stopping any suspicious vehicles or potential offenders.

Chief Inspector Steve Ammari said:

"Operation Diamond is a direct response to recent crimes that we've seen in the east of Newcastle. There is a group of males who we believe are committing these offences and who we are doing all we can to identify and arrest. They are sneak burglars who are looking for unlocked doors, open windows and any easy opportunity they can get to get inside peoples' homes and steal their cars.

"Residents will see a lot of highly visible police activity in these areas over the coming days and weeks. Officers on patrols, police horses on patrols and extra attention out on the roads. We are trying to find those responsible for this recent spate of crimes and get these offences stopped. We are also here to pass on advice and remind people to lock their doors and protect their homes - these burglars are sneaky and will take any chance they can get to strike.

"As well as all of the high profile activity we have lots of enquiries currently ongoing in the background to find those responsible and have them arrested. If anyone has any information that might help us I'd urge them to ring 101 as soon as possible."

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