Arrests made in early morning police raids

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A police operation to crackdown on crime in the area resulted in homes being raided this morning.

Operation Soundwave saw warrants executed and arrests made in a bid to crack down on opportunist thieves during the summer months.

The initiative focused on burglary, shoplifting and all forms of theft as the police look to reduce offences.

Already across the force more than 115 arrests have been made, 40 warrants executed and property including electrical goods and metal has been recovered.

On Thursday morning two warrants were executed at linked addresses in Ashington.

At Percy Street a 38-year-old and 18-year-old women were arrested on suspicion of theft.

And in Queens Street a suspected stolen television was recovered with enquiries are ongoing.

Northumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable Jo Farrell said: “These are crimes which affect people across the force and which tend to increase during the summer months with the warmer weather and lighter nights.

“This operation is aimed at raising awareness of the types of crimes which have an impact on individuals and the wider community.

“We will be targeting those people suspected of being involved in these types of crimes, executing warrants, making arrests and recovering property.

“But more importantly we’ll be working hard to prevent offences from taking place in the first place by tackling known offenders and working closely with partners and the community to raise awareness of how vital crime prevention is.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC said: “Let me send a clear message out to opportunist thieves – Northumbria Police will do everything within their power to track you down.

“We are determined to tackle this sort of crime as it causes great inconvenience to local residents. Officers will be on the beat working with partners to catch offenders.”

People are encouraged to make sure cars, homes and outbuildings are locked and secure at all times.

Ms Farrell added: “The majority of thieves are opportunist and by taking some small steps to improve security and vigilance it can significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to such a crime.

“Residents play a vital role in keeping thieves at bay and I’d urge anyone who sees anything suspicious in their community or who has information about those involved in crime to contact us as soon as possible, anonymously if necessary.”

As part of Operation Soundwave, in Northumberland alone there have been 30 arrests, 11 warrants executed, and electrical goods, bikes and drugs recovered.