News Release

Man arrested in connection with high value trout fishery burglary

Dated: 03 Feb 2012

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Police have arrested a man in connection with the high value burglary at Chatton trout fisheries, North Northumberland, that took place on December 15, 2011.

On December 15 thieves broke into the lodge building on the site and stole more than 25 specialist fishing rods, a large quantity of polo shirts, fleeces, jackets, fishing equipment bags, boxes of fishing flies and fishing lines.

The value of the stolen items was believed to be in excess of £20,000.

Officers in Berwick carried out enquiries into the theft and on Wednesday, February 1, executed a search warrant at a premises in the New Hartley area of Cramlington.

During the search a 52-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and officers seized an amount of fishing equipment - including rods, reels, flies and other accessories that are suspected as having been stolen in the Chatton burglary.

The 42-year-old has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Berwick acting Inspector Sharon Wilmore-Greaves said: "Thanks to some excellent work from my team we gathered intelligence about where we thought the stolen property was being kept. Officers from Berwick linked in with the neighbourhood team in Cramlington and executed the search warrant. We have spoken to the owners of Chatton fisheries and a number of items seized during the search have been confirmed as being the ones stolen during the burglary. In total we believe we may have recovered around three quarters of the stolen property. Further enquiries into the incident are ongoing."

Anyone with any further information into the burglary is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.