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Eagle-eyed residents help catch burglary suspects during Lighter Nights campaign

13 Apr 2018 11:50 AM

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We want to praise eagle-eyed residents in a Gateshead suburb after two men were arrested on suspicion of burglary offences as part of the Lighter Nights campaign.
 
Members of the local community in Sheriff Hill had contacted us on Wednesday morning as they were concerned about two males acting suspiciously in the area.
 
Officers from the Gateshead East Neighbourhood Policing Team were in the area as part of the Lighter Nights campaign and headed to the area.
 
They quickly identified two males matching the description provided by witnesses and approached them.
 
Upon seeing our officers they fled the area and PC’s Barry Hadnum and Chris Ward, along with CSO Paul Hargreaves, began a foot chase through the estate.
 
PC Hadnum was eventually able to arrest the men and recover a quantity of stolen property.
 
Now, Neighbourhood Sergeant Phil Hamlani has paid tribute to the local residents who remained vigilant and contacted police about the suspicious behaviour.
 
He said: “It is really important that our local communities act as our eyes and ears so that we can prevent residents from falling victim to crime.
 
“We have patrol plans in place to minimise any criminal activity but we can’t be everywhere at the same time and it is really important people work with us.
 
“However, we are running a Lighter Nights campaign at the minute and have officers on patrol to respond to exactly these types of reports.
 
“We are glad that the local residents have seen the campaign and reported suspicious behaviour. These arrests would not have been possible if it was not for the vigilance of local people in Sheriff Hill.
 
“I want to thank them personally for listening to our Lighter Nights key messages, reporting suspicious behaviour to police and helping us to arrest these two suspects.”
 
Two men have since been charged with a number of burglary offences . They both appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Thursday morning.
 
Anyone who sees any suspicious activity is always encouraged to call police on 101 or report it online on www.northumbria.police.uk/contact.