Police arrest four in early morning raids

Four people were arrested and suspected stolen property recovered as part of a series of police raids.

Officers carried out the early morning search warrants at linked addresses in North Tyneside, Newcastle and Northumberland as part of an investigation into burglaries in Sunderland and Gateshead.

Among the addresses visited were houses in Bywell Grove and Park Crescent, in Shiremoor, and Buddle Terrace in West Allotment.

Four men – aged 47, 43, 32, and 19 – have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary and suspected stolen property was recovered at the various addresses.

Chief Inspector Jerry Pearson, based at Sunderland Area Command, who led the operation, said: “These raids have taken place after a lengthy investigation.

“The investigation has also included exploring the avenues for the disposal of any suspected stolen property.

“Burglary has a devastating affect on individuals, people should feel safe in their own home.”

Police are also reminding residents to take security steps.

Chief Insp Pearson added: “The activity is part of Operation Soundwave, which is aimed at cracking down on thieves and burglars across Northumbria.

“A key part of the operation involves ensuring residents have crime prevention advice to keep their property safe.

“By taking some simple steps such as making sure windows are secure and doors are locked residents can reduce their risk of falling victim to a burglar.”

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC said: “I’m pleased that Northumbria Police continues to take a pro-active stance in tackling burglaries – this is exactly what I have asked to happen.

“Opportunist thieves should take this as a warning that the police will do everything within their powers to catch them.

“There will be no letup in tackling burglaries, by focusing on this crime head on we have seen a reduction in the number of burglaries across the force area.”