Crackdown on crime across the borough

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Police in the borough have launched a new initiative to target criminals.

As part of Operation Titan, each of the four North Tyneside sectors will have a designated impact zone.

The North Shields, Whitley Bay, Wallsend and Killingworth neighbourhood policing teams will be carrying out warrants, increasing patrols, providing crime prevention advice and working closely with partner organisations as part of a co-ordinated plan of activity.

To support the operation, there will also be a weekly themed online multi-agency PACT meeting covering key ‘quality of life’ issues such as vulnerability, anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse and crime prevention.

The activity links in with the force-wide Operation Soundwave – a campaign aimed at cutting volume crime and tackling opportunist thieves – which will continue over the winter months.

Chief Inspector Jamie Pitt, of North Tyneside area command, said: “This is a large-scale operation and the police and our wider partnerships will be targeting each sector robustly.

“This allows us to target local criminals who impact on the quality of life of our communities. It also allows us to target criminals who move between neighbourhoods and boroughs.

“We start in the Wallsend area and let this serve as a warning that this is only the beginning.

“Action will continue over the next month to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, improve confidence and satisfaction for communities.”

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