News Release

Warrants executed in Houghton

Dated: 08 Feb 2012

Police have carried out a series of morning raids in Houghton.

Last month, a police operation was set up to tackle a rise in the number of homes being broken into the area and this morning, as part of the operation, officers launched a day of action to target those suspected of being involved.

Warrants were executed at addresses in Abbey Drive, Poplar Avenue and Dunkirk Avenue in Houghton and Church Side Gardens in Easington Lane.

Six people have been arrested and a quantity of cash, drugs and other items seized.

Neighbourhood Inspector Lisa Musgrove, who covers Houghton, said: “The purpose of this day of action is to send out a clear message to those suspected of being involved that we are targeting them. We will do everything we can to disrupt their criminal activity and won’t let them get away with it.

“It’s devastating for people to have their homes burgled and it’s something that impacts not only on individuals but their families and the wider community.

“Our priority is reducing the number of people who are victims and while there are always steps homeowners can take to reduce the risk of being broken into, we’re committed to using every tool at our disposal to make sure those suspected of being involved face the consequences of their actions.

“If anyone has any information about burglaries or sees any suspicious activity in their neighbourhood, we’d urge them to contact police.”

A 35-year-old man and 35 year old woman have been given cannabis warnings. Three people - two men aged 34 and 33 and a woman aged 35 remain in police custody.

Jordan Allison, 25, of Abbey Drive, has been charged with possessing cannabis and will appear at Sunderland Magistrates Court on February 28.