Another success for the Central Burglary Team

21 Sep 2017 12:15 PM

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A man has been jailed for burglary after an investigation by a team of specialist detectives in Newcastle and Gateshead.

Shaun Grieves, 31, of Lecondale on the Leam Lane Estate in Gateshead, has been sent to prison for 12 weeks after admitting a burglary at the Whickham House pub.

He had entered the property in the early hours of August 29 before stealing  £400 cash, trashing the pub and leaving an upstairs tap on causing a flood.

Officers at Northumbria Police's Central Burglary Team carried out an investigation and were quickly able to identify Grieves as the offender.

He was charged with burglary other than dwelling and appeared before Newcastle Magistrates Court on Monday (18/9) where he admitted the offence and was jailed.

His conviction is the latest success for the burglary team which is made up of a specialist team of officers covering Newcastle and Gateshead.

After being set up in 2015 they have arrested more than 1,150 burglary suspects and racked up nearly 600 years of prison sentences for offenders.

They also helped secure the conviction of Lee Scott Cockburn, 40, who made headlines this week after assaulting an elderly woman in her Newcastle home in January.

He had forced into her home and pushed her to the ground before neighbours intervened and he fled empty handed. 

Cockburn, of Violet Close, Benwell, was later arrested and charged by police and jailed for seven years and eight months at Newcastle Crown Court on Wednesday morning.

Chief Inspector Paul Knox has praised the team for their hard work which comes as the force investigates a string of burglaries where cars have been stolen.

He said: "Burglarly can be a horrendous crime for victims and it can be particularly distressing for people whose homes have been invaded by a stranger.

"It is a type of crime that can often have lasting effects on victims and that is why we have a dedicated team of detectives here in Newcastle.

"These two results are the product of hard work between that team and our response officers across Central Area Command.

"Two prolific burglars have been taken off our streets and these these convictions mean it will be very difficult for them to re-offend.

"The fact that this team's hard work has led to burglars being handed sentences nearing 600 years since 2015 speaks for itself.

"That figure, and these two most recent convictions, shows that if you commit a burglary in our force area you won't get away with it.

"However, members of the public can take steps to ensure they don't find themselves a target for opportunist thieves.

"Don't leave car keys on display in porches or hallways and make sure you keep your ground floor windows and doors secure during the evening.

"If we work together then we can make life even more difficult for burglars operating in our area and continue to put them before the courts."

Northumbria Police's Central Burglary Team identify trends and patterns of burglars in the area so that they could take prolific offenders off the street.

Detectives in the team review every burglary that occurred within Newcastle and Gateshead to see what preventative measures could be put in place to protect residents in the area.

The team have secured more than 6,000 months (570 years) in custodial sentences and another 735 months (61 years) in suspended sentences.

Crime prevention officers also work in partnership with the Central Burglary Team to try and prevent burglaries from taking place in the first place.

More advice about safeguarding yourself against burglars can be found on the Northumbria Police website here: 

If you want to report information about a suspected burglar then call 101 or report it on the police website. If you find yourself victim to a burglary then always call 999.