Town centre crime down

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A CRACKDOWN on crime and disorder in North Shields town centre is proving a success – with offences down more than a third.

Police have been running Operation Iron with officers from the North Shields neighbourhood policing team by carrying out extra high profile patrols.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Steve Nicholson said: “Local officers have been conducting high visibility and plain clothes patrols in the town centre to identify and catch offenders red handed.

“There have been 28 arrests – 14 for shoplifting and 14 for other offences including handling stolen goods, possessing counterfeit notes, assault, and drunk and disorderly.

“This has impacted greatly on crime in North Shields town centre with a decrease of 36 per cent in overall crime compared to last month, and a 23 per cent decrease in theft and shoplifting – with 60 per cent of shoplifting crimes being detected.

“I want people to feel reassured in North Shields town centre that we are working to target, disrupt and apprehend those committing crimes and trying to spoil Christmas for others.”

“As part of this operation, five search warrants were also executed in the town centre and suspected stolen property was recovered, including a mountain bike relating to a theft in the Jesmond area.

“Some of the success of Operation Iron would not have been possible without the public providing valuable information to police about people committing crime within their neighbourhoods.

“I urge anyone with information about people committing crime to contact police on the new 101 non-emergency number, or on 999 in an emergency.”