POLICE in Sunderland made several arrests and 21 vehicles were stopped as part of a three-day crackdown on criminal behaviour.
Officers executed several warrants in the Sandhill and Barnes area of the city which lead to three arrests for possession of cannabis and another arrest in relation to reports of taking petrol without paying.
Northumbria Police teams from Sandhill and Barnes teamed up with Vehicle Operator Services Agency (Vosa) inspectors, Trading Standards officers, Sunderland City Council and gentoo to carry out vehicle checks and net pupils skipping school.
A total of 21 vehicles were stopped as part of the campaign, which ran over last weekend, with motor patrol officers seizing one vehicle for not having insurance and 12 vehicles being given prohibition notices for being unroadworthy.
Beat bobbies hit the streets as part of a series of multi-agency estate walkabouts with community support officers (CSOs), councillors and housing association staff to talk to residents about any issues they have in the area they live.
These took place in Eden Vale, Barnes, Grindon, Thorney Close and South Hylton.
CSOs and truancy staff from Sandhill View School carried out patrols to catch any youngsters who were skipping school.
They visited six homes to talk to parents whose children had missed school.
Sandhill and Barnes Neighbourhood Sergeant Lisa Laverick, who led the operation, said: “This operation is an example of how we are working with partners to make the most of every opportunity to tackle the issues that affect the quality of life in our communities.
“We have targeted a range of offences, including theft, burglary and possession of illegal drugs to disrupt criminal activities in our neighbourhoods.
“And we are also talking with residents about crime prevention, delivering advice leaflets and handing out SmartWater kits to help people take care of their property.”
Coun Tom Forster, chairman of Safer Sunderland Partnership, added: “Joint operations such as this help to demonstrate the enforcement powers we have at our disposal to target and take actions against the criminals.
“They also show what a massive role the community has in bringing issues to our attention, and working with us to address them.”