58 arrested as part of Newcastle & Gateshead burglary op
04 Aug 2016 15:34 PM[View Full Size]
Police are committed to cutting the numbers of burglaries in Newcastle and Gateshead and working with our communities to help keep them safe.
Earlier this year a burglary operation was launched aimed at getting burglars off our streets and protecting peoples' homes.
Thanks to the hard work of detectives, 24/7 response and neighbourhood officers 58 people (50 male and 8 female) have been arrested in connection with burglaries in the two areas during July.
Of these 58:
16 have been charged with offences and will be appearing at court to face action (ten of these remanded in custody and off the streets)
30 have been bailed pending further enquiries.
9 have been released with no further action.
1 person arrested during July has been charged, appeared at court and is now serving a prison sentence
2 people were given police cautions.
Newcastle and Gateshead Superintendent Steve Ammari said: "Burglars ruin lives. They get into peoples' homes and steal the things they have worked hard for. We will not standby and allow it to happen.
"Catching burglars and putting them behind bars is our priority and we will continue to pursue and arrest those who are committing burglaries in Newcastle and Gateshead.
"Keep talking to us. Reporting suspicious people where you live and make sure your homes, sheds, garages and cars are always locked and secure. Together we will stop them."
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, said: "I have ensured that Northumbria Police has been proactive in tackling burglary and know the Chief Constable shares my determination in making sure this issue is treated as priority.
"Officers are working closely with the local residents and partners to help prevent these crimes and I hope this operation demonstrates loud and clear that Northumbria Police is taking a strong stance against criminals who commit burglary and they will be brought to justice.
"I urge local residents to take the advice on board and report anything suspicious so that police can investigate and take firm action."
Burglary will remain a priority for officers in Newcastle and Gateshead for August