Social media response leads to arrests
03 Nov 2016 15:00 PM[View Full Size]
Police are praising the power of social media after a tweet led to two men arrested in connection with a burglary in Gateshead.
At 3:35pm on Wednesday, November 2, police received a report that a house in Ryton Willows had been burgled.
The burglars had smashed a patio window, got inside the property and stole a laptop computer, two bikes and a weimaraner puppy.
A neighbour saw two men making off from the scene and gave chase. He managed to get the laptop, one of the bikes and the dog back but the men managed to escape.
Gateshead West Neighbourhood Policing Team officers attended and an investigation was immediately launched to trace the men.
One of the lines of enquiry involved officers posting an appeal about the burglary up on their Twitter account.
The information was shared by local people and councillors and led to lots of calls from the pubic coming into the control room.
As a result of these calls officers arrested two men, aged 25 and 26, on suspicion of burglary. They are currently in custody and enquiries into the burglary are ongoing.
Gateshead Inspector Cheryl Warcup said: "This is a great example of just how important social media is to policing. My officers attended the burglary and put a tweet out straight away about the incident, hoping that it might get shared and people could help. Thanks to local people getting behind us it and sharing it we got lots of really useful information coming into us and managed to arrest two men.
"Id like to thank the neighbour for his quick actions, thanks to him we got the little Vimarana pup back safe and sound. A huge thank you also has to go out to all of our Twitter followers on the @NPCGatesheadW account who played their part in yesterday and helped officers massively."
Follow Gateshead West on Twitter at @NPCGatesheadW or @NPGateshead