Thirty-seven arrests in crack-down on outstanding crime suspects

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More than three dozen people have been arrested in two days over targeted raids across Sunderland and South Tyneside in an attempt to solve outstanding crimes.

The 37 arrests came during two days of action in South Shields, Washington and Southwick on Wednesday and Friday.

In South Shields, one woman was arrested at an address in Brownlow Road on suspicion of possession of drugs. She has been bailed. A number of items were seized after officers carried out a search of the property.

A small cannabis farm was recovered at an address in Malvern Street. And, after a search warrant was carried out an address in Westheath Road in Hendon, drugs and drugs paraphernalia were recovered. A 28-year-old man has been released on police bail after being arrested

One man, aged 43, was also arrested on suspicion of fifteen thefts in North Yorkshire, Durham and Northumbria areas.

Thirty-four men and women were arrested after being wanted or breaching bail for a number of offences including theft, robbery, domestic incident and burglary.

Superintendent Ged Noble said: “Our number one priority is protecting the public and making our communities even safer and we do this day in day out by targeting criminals who cause the most harm.

“These targeted days of action are over and above what we do every day and have seen us focus on arresting those suspected of being involved in crime and who think they can evade police.

“We will continue to target those believed to be involved in criminal behaviour on a regular basis, who think they can get away with disrupting our communities and they can expect to receive a similar visit by officers and face being arrested.”

Police are encouraging any residents with concerns about crime or anti-social behaviour or about those responsible for committing crimes to get in contact.

Supt Noble added: “Information we receive from members of the public is absolutely crucial to us in our efforts to ensure those responsible for committing crimes are quickly identified and arrested and I would encourage anyone who has information about any criminal or anti-social behaviour to please come forward and speak to us.

“I want our communities to continue to work with us by getting in touch, discuss your concerns and be reassured we will respond to those concerns.”

To report information about crime and anti-social behaviour in your area contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or visit the Northumbria Police website wwww.northumbria.police.uk to email your local neighbourhood policing team. In an emergency or if a crime is taking place ring 999.

To find out more about policing in Sunderland and South Tyneside visit the Southern Area Command facebook page.