Arrests made after city centre burglaries
10 Jan 2017 12:42 PM[View Full Size]
Police in Newcastle have arrested four people after a number of shop and business burglaries in the city centre.
Since the start of the year a number of business premises have been targeted by burglars.
Ladbroke's, Milligans, The Living Room and a number of restaurants have all been broken into and had items stolen in the last 10 days.
The offences have happened both during the day and overnight. Officers have been running an operation to identify those responsible and put a stop to them.
Both plain clothed and uniformed officers have been carrying out patrols day and night in the city centre, checking security measures on access doors and passing on crime prevention advice.
They have been speaking to staff and asking them to remain vigilant and to make sure that any easy opportunities for burglars are identified and prevention measures put in place.
Investigation into the break-ins so far has led to officers arresting four people in connection with the burglaries. Two have been charged with burglary and two remain in police custody pending further enquiries.
City centre Neighbourhood Inspector Nicola Wearing said: "My officers are out across the city centre speaking with business owners and staff and making them aware of this recent trend. We are giving them all the advice we can to help avoid being targeted by these burglars and to protect their premises and stock. We have a great relationship with the local businesses in the city centre and will do everything we can to keep them safe and we've made a great start by making four arrests. We will continue to work to stop those responsible for break-ins and we need everyone's help to do this. Be vigilant, report suspicious behaviour to police and help keep our city centre safe."
Anyone with any information into the burglaries is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 323 08/11/17.