Seven burglars jailed
13 Jul 2016 13:00 PM[View Full Size]
Seven burglars have been jailed for a total of 20 years.
The burglars all committed separate offences in Sunderland and South Tyneside and in recent weeks have all been given prison sentences.
Richard Quarmby, 36, of no fixed address, charged with a burglary in Patterdale Street in October last year - sentenced to three years six months on July 6.
John Lamb, 35, of Phoenix Road in Sunderland, charged with a two in one burglary on the Ford Estate in Sunderland in December last year - sentenced to three years on June 23.
Steven Revell, 36, formerly of Kenilworth Court in Sulgrave, charged with six burglaries in Washington earlier this year - sentenced to three years seven months on June 16
Peter Ronald Innes, 43, of Trinity Square, charged with two burglaries at Dunn House in North Bridge Street in Sunderland in May - sentenced to two years for months on June 17.
Steven Wastell, 34, of no fixed address, charged with a burglary at Wolsey Court in South Shields in December last year - sentenced to 2 years five months on June 1.
Steven Bourke, 33, of Bowman Place, charged with a burglar in John Williamson Street South Shields in January - sentenced to two years five months on June 13.
Brian Henry Old, 43, of Baring Street charged with a burglar at Trajan Avenue in South Shields in January - sentenced to two years four months on July 5.
Southern Area Command Chief Inspector Jerry Pearson said: "We cannot underestimate the devastating impact being broken into has on victims, particularly when it is their home that has been targeted and it is our priority to make sure these burglars are caught and jailed.
"Our work to pursue burglars is relentless and does not stop, day in day out we actively target those we suspect of being responsible for causing harm to our communities and these sentences should send a warning to burglars that we do know how you are, we will catch you and we will make sure you are sent to jail."
Operation Impact continues to be carried out across Sunderland and South Tyneside aimed at reducing the number of burglaries across both boroughs. The activity is part of the area command's day to day business and as well as pursuing offenders includes helping to prevent further burglaries by making sure local residents have crime prevention advice.
Ch Insp Pearson added: "We can't reiterate enough how important it is for people to take a few moments to consider the security of their homes. Simply locking doors and making sure windows are not left open when the property is empty can go a long way in helping to prevent the property from being targeted. Residents can use other more sophisticated methods - such as burglar alarms and security lighting - but these will not be particularly effective if the front door is left unlocked."
For further crime prevention advice visit the Northumbria Police website on www.northumbria.police.uk
- Photograph shows L-R Brian Henry Old, John Lamb, Peter Ronald Innes, Richard Quarmby, Steven Bourke, Steven Revell, Steven Wastell