Crackdown targets known Sunderland criminals

CLEANED UP: In Somerset Street, Silksworth are, left to right, Coun Phil Tye, Coun Pat Smith, Reece Davis, Bill Blackett and Gary Fellows of the city council and CSO Daniel Ross.
CLEANED UP: In Somerset Street, Silksworth are, left to right, Coun Phil Tye, Coun Pat Smith, Reece Davis, Bill Blackett and Gary Fellows of the city council and CSO Daniel Ross.
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KNOWN crooks will be targeted in Sunderland as part of a week-long operation to crack down on crime.

Police from the Sunderland East and Sunderland West teams have teamed up with their partner agencies in a bid to slash crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.

Throughout this week, officers will work alongside organisations such as Sunderland City Council and city housing groups, to run a series of high-profile operations, initiatives and partnership projects.

The aim of the crackdown is to reduce crime and disorder, improve public confidence and reassure the public that the police and local authority are tackling their concerns.

Across the week, officers will be carrying out warrants and targeting known burglars and thieves as a well as carrying out undercover operations to identify owners in problem areas.

High visibility patrols will also focus on problem areas at key times, both day and night.

Officers will also be going into schools to speak with pupils about crime and antisocial behaviour and holding community clean-up events with council staff and residents.

Sunderland West Inspector Lisa Laverick said: “This week-long operation is a big push to improve even further on the excellent work that is going on in the area.

“We work really closely with the council and residents, and they said they wanted us to do more around tackling anti-social behaviour and crime, so this week of action has been arranged.

Inspector Jamie Southwell added: “Work to keep the areas safe is ongoing throughout the year, but this operation is based around the specific concerns that were raised by local residents in East and West Sunderland.

“We are particularly focusing on tackling anti-social behaviour, as we know how much of a priority this is for most people and the impact it can have on our communities.”

“Working with partners allows us to solve problems in a number of ways and leads to better results.

“The public can be reassured that once this week is over the activity in the areas will continue for the rest of the year.”