Appeal after spate of moped thefts in Newcastle

27 Mar 2018 17:00 PM

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Police in Newcastle are warning motorcyclists to keep their vehicles locked up after a spate of thefts in recent weeks.
Since February 10 officers in the north of the city have received ten separate reports of theft or attempted theft of motorcycles, scooters and mopeds.
The majority of the incidents involve 125cc motorcycles and have taken place early in the morning in places including Fenham, Kenton and Scotswood.
However there have been some daylight thefts with motorcycles being stolen in the West Denton and Newburn areas of the city.
Officers investigating the crimes also believe the offenders of aged in their mid to late teens and that they are possibly arriving at crime scenes on already stolen motorcycles.
Now Neighbourhood Sergeant Grant Urquhart has warned motorcycle owners to keep their vehicles secure in a bid to deter thieves.
He said: “We believe those responsible for these thefts have scoped out the areas concerned prior to committing the crime.
“They have looked for unsecure mopeds or motorcycles or for vehicles that have been left out on driveways during the night.
“We are carrying out a number of enquiries to identify those responsible and we do need anyone who  has any information to contact police.
“If you saw someone acting suspiciously in the area you live or if you have seen someone in possession of a motorcycle who is acting strange then call us.
“Any motorcycle owners should take steps to secure their vehicles when they’re not in use to deter any opportunist thieves.”
Some of the streets where incidents have taken place include Hillsview Avenue and Newlyn Road in Kenton, Thoorndale Road and Tanfield Road in Scotswood and Tebay Drive in Slatyford.
If you have information that may be useful for police then please contact the Newcastle North Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101.