Six Sunderland burglars jailed in crime crackdown

Jailed: Clockwise, from top left, Wayne Cleere, Mark McManus, Dominic Valente, Dale Hughes, Reece Senior and Alan Harrison.
Jailed: Clockwise, from top left, Wayne Cleere, Mark McManus, Dominic Valente, Dale Hughes, Reece Senior and Alan Harrison.
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A crackdown on burglars by police in Sunderland has led to six men being jailed for a total of 12 years.

The criminals have all been sentenced after being caught by officers as part of Operation Soundwave.

The campaign is a forcewide initiative targeting burglars and opportunist thieves.

Those charged include:

Alan Harrison, 43, of Hendon, was jailed for 40 months for burglaries committed in Sunderland and Newcastle;

Dale Hughes, 26, of Hendon, was sentenced to three years in prison for a Millfield burglary;

Dominic Valente, 36, of Washington, was jailed for three years for a Washington burglary;

Mark Mcmanus, 20, of Monkwearmouth, was sentenced to 16 months for a Southwick burglary;

Wayne Cleere, 22, of Red House, was jailed for 14 months for a burglary at Roker and

Reece Senior, 21, of Plains Farm, was sentenced to eight months for a burglary in the Barnes area.

Chief Inspector Jerry Pearson said: “We’re out to catch burglars who target homes in our area and we will bring them before the courts, where they will have to take responsibility for their actions.

“We want to reassure the community that there is no let-up in our activity, and urge anyone to report any suspicious activity to us straightaway, anonymously if necessary.

“They can use the Crimestoppers number on 0800 555 111 and pass information in the strictest of confidence.”

For crime prevention advice visit Northumbria Police website www.northumbria.police.uk/crimeprevention