Inspector to tackle thefts from garden

Insp Neil Armsworth, new neighbourhood inspector for Wallsend.
Insp Neil Armsworth, new neighbourhood inspector for Wallsend.

A new police inspector is cracking down on thefts from gardens in Wallsend following a recent increase.

Inspector Neil Armsworth, who recently joined the Wallsend neighbourhood policing team, has increased both uniformed and non-uniformed patrols in the area to detect offenders targeting gardens, yards and compounds.

And so far, eight people have been arrested on suspicion of theft this month, with Insp Armsworth warning there will be more.

He said: “The team is working hard to crackdown on these types of crimes.

“Officers are gathering intelligence and watching known criminals to catch those responsible.

“These crimes cause a lot of inconvenience and expense for victims and it is completely unacceptable.

“We also have extra patrols in the area to deter criminals and reassure the community that police are taking these matters seriously.”

He is also urging people to be vigilant of any suspicious behaviour around their property and not to leave belongings easily accessible to opportunist thieves.

Insp Armsworth added: “People need to keep their belongings secured and out of sight of potential criminals.

“They need to lock bikes, garden furniture and other valuables away when they aren’t in their property and keep sheds and garages secure.”

The crackdown is part of Operation Soundwave – an initiative to tackle opportunist thieves over the summer.

It was launched on July 8, and in the first two days 16 arrests were made in North Tyneside, six warrants executed and stolen bikes recovered.