Arrests made following Newbiggin raids

Northumbria Police.
Northumbria Police.

A series of search warrants have been carried out leading to several arrests in Newbiggin.

The activity was carried out in response to an increase in offences such as theft and burglary in the Newbiggin area, and damage to three police vehicles.

On Thursday, joint partnership visits including police and community safety officers, were made to people suspected of being involved in crime and anti-social behaviour, while housing association officers gave warnings regarding tenancy enforcement.

Northumberland County Council’s cleansing team were deployed to improve the appearance of the area, while 160 anti-social behaviour questionnaires were delivered by police cadets in the Seacrest and East Lea areas.

This was followed by the execution of search warrants on Friday. A search was carried out at Front Street where one person was cautioned for possessing amphetamine and another arrested and bailed on suspicion of handling stolen property.

At Northumberland Avenue cannabis bush was recovered and enquiries are still ongoing. Searches at addresses at Moorcroft and Hazelwood Avenue were negative.

Neighbourhood Inspector Barrie Joisce said: “The days of action were designed to target key individuals in the Newbiggin area who appear intent on disrupting community life.

“Pro-active warrants were carried out with suspected stolen property and drugs being recovered, resulting in arrests being made. The police cadets engaged with local residents to discuss issues of anti-social behaviour and gather information about suspected problematic individuals and locations.

“Joint visits were made with our partners, including Bernicia homes and the Community Safety Team from Northumberland County Council, and people warned their continued criminal or anti-social behaviour will lead to enforcement action being taken and they risk losing their homes.

“The operation demonstrates that such behaviour will not be tolerated and anyone involved in disorder and crime can expect to be arrested. This is the start of a continuing programme of activity in the area from both a community engagement and enforcement perspective and anyone involved in criminal activity should expect a visit.

“We’re committed to tackling the minority of people who have a negative impact on the quality of life of the law abiding majority in Newbiggin.”

The activity comes as Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave - aimed at tackling opportunist criminals such as thieves and burglars across the force - continues.

Northumberland County Councillor Ian Swithenbank, policy board member responsible for streetcare and environment, added: “We are determined to make sure we can all live in an area where the local environment is clean and tidy.

“Working with the police and other partners shows we are serious about this issue. We know how uncared for areas and litter can affect people’s quality of life.

“People need to let us know if they have problem areas like this so we can continue to preserve the reputation of this beautiful county.”