11 arrested in 48 hours during Sunderland police crime blitz

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POLICE made 11 arrests in just 48 hours after launching a summer crime crackdown.

Officers raided homes in Hendon and Fence Houses as part of Operation Soundwave.

They also seized stolen property and recovered cannabis and other drugs.

The aim of the Northumbria Police blitz is to focus on deterring crimes including burglary, shoplifting and all forms of theft.

Across the force area, more than 115 arrests have been made, 40 warrants executed and property including electrical goods and metal recovered.

Assistant Chief Constable Jo Farrell said: “These are crimes which affect people across the area and which tend to increase during the summer months with the warmer weather and lighter nights. This operation is aimed at raising awareness of the types of crimes which have an impact on individuals and the wider community.

“We will be targeting those people suspected of being involved in these types of crimes, executing warrants, making arrests and recovering property. But more importantly, we’ll be working hard to prevent offences from taking place in the first place by tackling known offenders.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said “Let me send a clear message out to opportunist thieves – Northumbria Police will do everything within their power to track you down.

“We are determined to tackle this sort of crime, as it causes great inconvenience to local residents.

“Officers will be on the beat, working with partners to catch offenders.”

Wearsiders are encouraged to make sure cars, homes and outbuildings are locked and secure at all times.

Ms Farrell added: “The majority of thieves are opportunist, and by taking some small steps to improve security and vigilance, it can significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to such a crime.

“Residents play a vital role in keeping thieves at bay, and I’d urge anyone who sees anything suspicious in their community or who has information about those involved in crime to contact us as soon as possible.”