Two arrests after pair are spotted trying to break into parked car
An alert neighbour has been praised after police made two arrests two people on suspicion of breaking into a car.
Shortly after 2.15am on Sunday, May 2, a resident in Downhill reported two people trying to force their way into a parked vehicle.
Response officers carried out a search of the area and a man and a woman who matched the description given by the caller were located in Kentucky Road area and handcuffed.
Both were arrested on suspicion of vehicle interference – but the woman proceeded to kick out at an arresting PC, making direct contact with the officer’s chest.
She was subsequently also arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police constable. Both suspects have since been charged and are due to appear before the courts.
Chief Inspector Nicola Wearing, of Northumbria Police, said: “This was a fantastic effort by the officers who were at the scene within five minutes of the resident’s call coming in.
“I’d like to thank the resident who made the decision to pick up the phone and get in touch – they absolutely did the right thing, and their detailed account helped lead our officers directly towards two suspects that were found nearby.
“Unfortunately, one of the suspects did not take too kindly to being placed under arrest and proceeded to kick one of our PCs in the chest.
“There is absolutely no place for this type of offending and I’d like to thank the officer in question for their professionalism and dedication while apprehending a suspect.
“These two suspects will appear in court later this year charged with vehicle-related offences, and I’d like to reassure the public that our officers are out on patrol every single day looking to tackle thieves and burglars.
“But as ever, you are our eyes and ears and this case highlights the importance of passing information on to us. If you see anybody acting suspiciously in your community, tell us – and that can help us get resources to the scene quickly in order to take swift and robust action.”
A 23-year-old woman has since been charged with vehicle interference and assault by beating of a PC, while a 32-year-old man has been charged with vehicle interference.
Both suspects are due to appear before magistrates in South Tyneside later this year.