News Release

16 arrested in Northumberland action

Dated: 15 Feb 2012

Police Officers during a raid.

Police have arrested 16 people and seized money, drugs and suspected stolen property in a series of raids across Northumberland.

Officers executed warrants in Bedlington, Ashington, Lynemouth, Blyth and Ovingham targeting those known to be involved in drugs, burglary and handling stolen property.

During the searches officers arrested people for a range of offences including burglary, handling stolen property, drugs offences, abstracting electricity and obtaining services by deception.

Property seized includes thousands of pounds of money, a 40 inch flat screen TV, a number of bikes, jewellery, ornaments, sim cards and a haul of drugs including heroin, cannabis and cocaine.

Northumberland Chief Inspector Peter Reeve said: "This high profile, intelligence led action is aimed at disrupting criminals and reassuring our communities.

"We make no apologies for targeting those believed to be linked to crime and promise to keep putting relentless pressure on suspected criminals living in Northumberland.

"Burglary is a distressing offence for a victim. Knowing someone has been inside your house and through your personal belongings is horrible and that's why it's one of our priorities. We're targeting offenders, making arrests and doing all we can to ensure burglaries are kept to a minimum.

"We need the public's help. We need residents to think about crime prevention and what they can do to make life difficult for thieves and burglars. Lock doors and windows and make sure sheds and garages and vehicles are secure at all times.

"Report suspicious people, vehicles and behaviour to us and tell us what's going on where you live."

Officers are now in the process of identifying all of the suspected stolen property and tracing the owners.

Anyone with any information into crime where they live can speak to police on 101 ext 69191 or by ringing Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.