No burglaries in north Newcastle during April

10 May 2016 09:09 AM

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Police taking a hard-line approach to burglary in north Newcastle have seen amazing results.

During April there was no reported burglaries to peoples' homes in the Lemington, Throckley, Newburn, Westerhope and Newbiggin Hall areas.

Not one home was broken into or burgled and that's down to the hard work of the local policing team for the areas.

Local Neighbourhood Inspector Alan Pitchford said: "Not having one house burgled in the north Newcastle areas throughout April is a fantastic result and the people living in Lemington, Throckley, Newburn, Westerhope and Newbiggin Hall should be really reassured by this news.

"To put it in context; in April 2015 we had 23 homes that were burgled in the area - to have none reported in the same period this year is a pretty amazing turnaround.

"In the last few months we've completely transformed the way we deal with burglaries here in Newcastle. We've taken a real pro-active and hard-line approach to burglaries and targeting burglars.

"We know who the burglars are and have been carrying out lots of activity to put pressure on them. We've executed disruptive search warrants at key addresses in the area, made lots of impactive arrests, and we are fighting to get burglars remanded, behind bars and off our streets.

"To compliment this we've been working with residents to keep burglars out of their homes. Making sure that people know how burglars operate and what they look for - that way we can work together to make life difficult and reduce the opportunities for burglars to strike.

"We've also had extra high visibility patrols - making sure officers can be seen in the right areas at the right times to deter criminals and catch those responsible in the act. We've had the help of the mounted section and motor patrols as well to make sure we have can have as much time out on the streets as possible.

"Although we are pleased with April's figures we won't rest on our laurels and the hard work will continue into May and the summer."

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