Pair charged after spate of burglaries in Washington

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TWO men have been charged with burglary after a spate of house raids in Washington.

Police are working to keep thieves at bay in the run-up to Christmas.

Dennis Hudson, 28, of McAteer Court, Haswell, County Durham, has been charged with a burglary in Concord and an attempted break-in at Sulgrave, both in November.

He appeared before Sunderland Magistrates on Monday, and will be back before Newcastle Crown Court later this month.

Jack Phillipson, 21, of no fixed address, has been charged with a burglary in Glebe where Christmas presents and two bikes were stolen. The property was later recovered.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on December 17.

Officers are continuing to carry out extra patrols across the area to target those suspected of being involved in theft and burglary and to prevent offences from taking place.

The activity is part of Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, aimed at tackling suspected thieves and burglars across the force and promoting crime prevention advice to residents.

Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Stewart said: “During the run-up to Christmas we’ve been carrying out extra patrols across Washington to prevent crimes such as theft and burglary from taking place.

“We’ve been making arrests and there are now people charged and going through the court process.

“We’re continuing to target those suspected of being involved in such offences over the coming weeks as part of the ongoing operation.”