Sunderland police arrest 36 in burglary blitz

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Police have arrested 36 people in a crackdown on burglars in Wearside.

Operation Impact was launched three weeks ago to tackle burglary across the city.

In the first 10 days, 26 people were arrested for burglary-related offences, and in the last seven days, 10 more people have been arrested.

Police say the majority of those suspected of burglary have now been charged and are making their way through the justice system.

Chief Inspector Jerry Pearson, of Sunderland police, said: “We are continuing to make sure those we suspect are responsible for burglaries throughout the city feel the impact of our focused operation and are swiftly arrested and put before the courts.

“Officers are carrying out dedicated patrols, both in uniform and plain clothes, and tackling burglaries is a priority.

“We want our communities to help us and make it even more difficult for burglars.

“Don’t leave doors and windows open and unlocked, and don’t leave valuable items on display near windows.

“This includes Christmas presents. Even if they’re wrapped, burglars may take a chance that there is something valuable inside.

“We’re warning burglars that there is no let-up and we will continue to target them in the festive period.”