18 warrants carried out across county

A total of 18 warrants have been carried out in Northumberland as police continue to target thieves as part of Operation Soundwave.

The warrants were carried out on Tuesday at addresses in Ashington, Lynemouth, Blyth, Cramlington, Pegswood, Hexham and Prudhoe.

Nine people were arrested for a range of offences including handling stolen goods and drug offences. Suspected stolen property, mainly electrical goods, and drugs were seized during the warrants.

The activity is part of Northumbria Police’s forcewide Operation Soundwave campaign which is aimed at tackling crimes such as burglaries and thefts.

Northumberland Chief Inspector Peter Reeve said: “This was a coordinated response across the whole of the county to disrupt the activity of those suspected of being involved in acquisitive crime.

“Thieves and burglars who think they can get away with stealing from people, in particular in the run-up to Christmas, should think again. We are actively seeking out those suspected of being responsible and will continue to take similar action.

“I would urge members of the public to help us in stemming acquisitive crime and report any suspicious activity to us, if they see someone hanging around in their neighbourhood seemingly unnecessarily we would ask them to get in contact.”

Residents are reminded to register any valuable items on the national property registering database Immobilise - www.immobilise.co.uk where police can identify the owners of any items they recovered that are registered on the site.

Contact local neighbourhood police teams with any concerns on 101.