STOLEN property and thousands of pounds in cash has been seized during a series of raids across Sunderland.
Teams of police officers searched homes and uncovered counterfeit cigarettes, suspected stolen bikes and a large amount of money.
The raids were carried out as part of the Northumbria Force’s Operation Soundwave.
Houses in Plumtree Avenue, Castletown, Leechmere Road, and Athol Road in Hendon were searched by officers.
Inside the Leechmere Road address, police discovered eight catalytic converters which they suspect had been stolen.
A garage in Henry Street, Hendon, was also searched by officers and cannabis production equipment found.
Inquiries into the seized items are ongoing, and criminals in Sunderland are being warned to expect more action from police. Inspector Jamie Southwell said: “This activity is just the latest part of Operation Soundwave and our ongoing commitment to tackling crime in the city.
“It should send a message out to criminals across Wearside that police are taking action and targeting those who we suspect are committing crimes. As part of Operation Soundwave, we’ve already seen a number of arrests and searches across the city this summer, and there is more activity planned.”
l Police are appealing for information after a bike was stolen from outside the Puma Sports Centre in Silksworth. Between 4pm and 4.10pm on Tuesday, thieves stole the new matt black and grey Carerra Subway adult mountain bike, which the owner had bought only that day.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police in Sunderland on 101 ext 69191.