19 people arrested in blitz on 'most harmful' crimes in Sunderland and South Tyneside

Police have arrested 19 people and carried out six warrants in two days of action across Sunderland and South Tyneside.

Friday, 29th April 2016, 10:16 am
Updated Wednesday, 4th May 2016, 3:08 pm

The days of action were aimed at arresting people wanted for a number of outstanding crimes.

In addition to the arrests, stolen property and drugs have also been recovered from addresses in both Sunderland South Tyneside.

Of those arrested 15 were in Sunderland (12 men and three women) and four were from South Tyneside (three men and one woman).

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Superintendent Sarah Pitt 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 Pitt 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."

The days action took place on Monday and Tuesday this week.