Sunderland shooting and associated criminal activity - further police action

05 Mar 2016 19:51 PM

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Police are continuing to target those involved in a Sunderland shooting and associated criminal activity.

Today (on Saturday, March 5), a further arrest was made, of a 28 year-old man, bringing the total to 20, with three people previously charged.

An investigation was launched on Monday (February 29) after a window was shot at an address in Edgmond Court in Hollycarrside.

Following this incident police are continuing to pursue those suspected of being involved - whether directly or part of a wider criminal network.

During Saturday six houses were searched and both cannabis and amphetamine drugs were recovered.

Ten vehicles were stopped and checked in the Sunderland area as part of this activity and £2,400 in cash was seized by police.

Earlier this week a business premises and eight houses were searched in Sunderland, and police activity has been carried out in Newcastle with houses searched and arrests on Tyneside.

Chief Inspector Jerry Pearson, of Southern Area Command, said: "We will continue with this type of police action as long as is necessary.  We are determined to do all we can to find those who have been involved in this criminal activity and bring them before the courts.

"We want to reassure our communities that we are making every effort to tackle those responsible and anyone who is concerned is asked to speak to an officer on patrol, they are there to answer their concerns."

Increased patrols have continued throughout the day and will continue across the rest of the weekend.

Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 511 290216 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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