Police operation ‘yielding some great results’

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News from Northumbria Police

Northumbria Police has revealed that action by officers has led to some crime reductions in the Blyth area.

Operation Overwatch is focusing on both proactive crime prevention and additional patrols in key areas.

Acting Inspector Neil Hall has reassured residents in Blyth and other parts of Northumberland that strong action will be taken.

He said: “We are now four weeks into Operation Overwatch, which has yielded some excellent results across the Blyth area.

“Over the last 28-day period, we have seen a 56 per cent reduction in burglary dwelling offences compared to the previous 28-day period.

“There has been a great reduction in the Cowpen Quay area where we experienced 10 residential burglaries in December 2017, with only one offence recorded in January.

“We have been working tirelessly with partners to address issues raised by the public and we remain committed to reducing burglary offences in Blyth.

“We will continue to do everything we can to try to stop such crimes happening and take action against criminals operating in the area – they should know there will be no place to hide.

“High visibility and reassurance patrols will continue, and tactics deployed during the operation will be targeted in key areas.”

Although its main focus is Blyth, a 26-year-old man has been charged following a domestic burglary in Kingswell, Morpeth, on January 26 as part of Operation Overwatch.

Stephen Clarke is due to appear at South East Northumberland Magistrates Court on Friday.

Anyone who wants to report an incident, or has any information to provide, can do so by calling 101.