Motorists targeted by thieves

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MOTORISTS have been reminded not to leave valuables on display.

The warning came after a theft from a vehicle in Hendon when a mobile phone, wallet and cards were taken after thieves targeted the car, which was parked in the Long Streets area.

Neighbourhood beat manager Pc Colin Murison warned residents at a police and communities together (Pact) meeting to take care.

He said: “Don’t leave anything in your cars.

“This car was parked up in a back lane for five minutes and everything has been rifled.

“For them (thieves), it’s too good an opportunity to leave.”

A total of 16 other crimes were reported in the area during the past five weeks.

This figure is down on an average of 20 for this time last year.

These include two offences of possession of drugs and two assaults, one related to a domestic incident.

Meetings between residents and the neighbourhood policing team take place every five to six weeks, on Mondays from 6.30pm, at the Salvation Army citadel in Cairo Street.

For the date of the next meeting, visit www.northumbria.police.uk.

A Neighbourhood Watch meeting for residents in the area will take place at the Community Link shop in Vilette Road, Hendon, on Wednesday, November 21, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.