Undercover police to patrol streets of Cleadon in burglary crackdown

Burglars are being targeted in Cleadon
Burglars are being targeted in Cleadon

Undercover police are set to patrol the streets as part of a burglary crackdown in Cleadon.

The operation - which will also include East Boldon and surrounding areas - is in response to a number of homes being hit by thieves.

PC Andy Wilkinson

PC Andy Wilkinson

In the past month, there has been eight properties broken into in the area - with most burglaries happening during the day.

It is understood the crimes are being committed by criminals travelling into the area from Sunderland.

Speaking at West Shields, Cleadon and East Boldon Community Area Forum yesterday, PC Andy Wilkinson said: “Our main target since the last meeting is burglaries.

“Since the last meeting we have had eight burglaries reported in the area. It might not sound a lot, but for us that is eight too many.

We are gathering intelligence and we believe they are coming from other areas, many from the Sunderland area.

Pc Wilkinson

“These are happening predominately in the afternoon but also during the day between 8am and 5pm.

“We are gathering intelligence and we believe they are coming from other areas, many from the Sunderland area.”

He added: “In response, we have high vis patrols in the area and we will also have plain clothed officers in the area.

“This is our target and our main focus.”

Pc Wilkinson added: “Hopefully, by the next meeting we would have had some good intelligence and good information which will have resulted in bringing some of these suspects to justice.”

Police have, in the past, run a number of operations alongside officers day to day work to drive down raids.

In the run up to Christmas, police launched a large scale crackdown on burglars which saw 81 arrests in 12 days in the Sunderland and South Tyneside areas.

In addition to the arrests, ten people voluntarily attended a police station or were questioned by police.

As part of the campaign, police also issued a range of crime prevention advice as well as urged residents to report anybody acting suspicious around homes in their neighbourhoods.

For crime prevention advice visit www.northumbria.police.uk