Intensive operation to locate wanted criminals in Northumberland and North Tyneside

20 Jul 2017 14:00 PM

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Northumbria Police have sent a stark warning to criminals in the region as an operation tackling some of the most serious criminals returns for its second strike.

Operation Flynn was introduced in March this year and led to more than 99 arrests throughout Northumberland and North Tyneside with some of those offenders already in prison for the offences.

Now the operation is back for a second strike targeting criminals responsible for offences including domestic violence, sexual offences and burglary.

This second strike, which began on Wednesday 19 July, will run for a week and has been dubbed ‘Baby Flynn’ – however officers in Northumbria Police’s Northern Area Command hope to see the same success. Already, officers have made 28 arrests in less than 48 hours.

Detective Chief Inspector Craig Metcalfe, who is overseeing the operation, said: “This high profile initiative coordinates officers from neighbourhood teams, 24/7 response and CID to work together to identify, locate and arrest those suspected offenders. You’ll not only see our officers on foot and in our patrol cars as part of Operation Flynn, we’ll have cops out on bikes, and we’ll be getting a little help from our dog section and mounted section too. Our volunteer Special Constables have also been deployed, giving them a unique opportunity to take part in this operation.

"What makes Operation Flynn special is that we’re bringing together activity from our partner agencies such as the council and housing associations to help us to locate some of the suspects, as well working with volunteers and the wider community, who provide us with intelligence.  This intelligence-led policing has been key in providing a more efficient and effective approach to making arrests.

“Over the coming week we’ll be tackling crimes which cause the most harm in our communities and the crimes that people tell us they are concerned about. We hope this operation shows just how seriously we take these kind of offences. I am confident this work will make a significant impact on day-to-day crime in our neighbourhoods.”

The inaugural operation in March led to a number of convictions. A 37 year old man from Wallsend was charged with burglary, handling stolen goods, two counts of theft of a vehicle and two counts of fraud by false representation. He was sentenced to 20 months. 

Other convictions include a 28 year old man from Wallsend who was sentenced to 16 weeks for fraud by false representation. A 36 year old man from Blyth was disqualified from driving for 46 months and a 26 year old man from North Tyneside received a 2 month sentence suspended for 2 years for possession of an offensive weapon. 

The public will be able to follow the operation closely on the force’s social media accounts, with live updates from across the area command coming from @northumbriapol. Residents in North Tyneside can follow @npnorthtyneside for information on arrests in their area and Northumberland locals can follow at @npnmbland.

Local Neighbourhood Policing Teams also have their own twitter accounts with local officers sending regular tweets to their followers.

DCI Metcalfe added: "Social media is a great way for local residents to find out first hand from their local officers what is going on in their area. I would encourage anyone who is on twitter to follow their neighbourhood team so they can keep up to date with our activity.”

To support the initiative, officers are encouraging people to continue to report offences by calling 101, enabling police to bring offenders to court. Confidential information can also be given to police via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.