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The number of burglaries in Newcastle and Gateshead FALLS due to dedicated task force

18 Apr 2017 12:00 PM

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It may be a new year but life is still proving difficult for burglars in our region thanks to a dedicated task force who continue to reduce the number of burglaries across Newcastle and Gateshead.

Last year Northumbria Police revealed how a dedicated burglary team had been working hard to target burglars operating within Central Area Command.

In 2016 their efforts led to more than 500 people being arrested and 71 of those being handed a total of 127 years in prison.

Now, the force has revealed that this trend has continued in 2017 after several positive results for the detectives working to tackle burglary in Newcastle and Gateshead.

In the first quarter of 2017 a number of burglars were imprisoned for a total of 21 years and 7 months.

Overall burglaries in Newcastle and Gateshead are down two per cent in 2016/2017 when compared to the previous 12 months.

Superintendent David Felton said the impressive results were not only down to sustained proactive police work but also because local communities are working with the police to prevent offences from happening.

He said: "Burglary is one of the most upsetting offences for victims who are often left incredibly distressed having had a thief enter their home and steal their belongings.

"The success of the team in 2016 has continued in 2017 leading to an overall decrease in the amount of burglaries in the Newcastle and Gateshead areas.

"They are committed to doing their utmost to prevent offences from happening and supporting victims of crime.

"We have made some significant arrests which have resulted in several offenders serving custodial sentences for their crimes and the harm and distress they cause.

"Our detectives take immense pride in making our communities safer. This could not be achieved without the continued support of local people.

"If you have information about individuals who are carrying out this type of crime then call us so we can take the necessary steps to make our region a safer place to live."

Those jailed in the first three months of 2017 include Raymond Boyle, 30, jailed for 44 months; Steven Shaun Slipper, 28, jailed for 37 months; Paul Keenen, 24, jailed for 36 months and Michael Houchin, 37, jailed for 36 months.

Liam James Mattinson, 24, was jailed for 28 months and John Edward Matthew Hall, 31, was jailed for 12 months. Others to be jailed for burglary offences in 2017 include Dean Wilkinson, 26, Mark Anthony Arkle, 34, Jason Tindall, 47, John Hill, 18, and a 15-year-old male.

As well as custodial sentences, nearly four years’ worth of suspended sentences were handed to burglars operating in the Newcastle and Gateshead area thanks to the efforts of the team.

Superintendent Felton added: “The burglary team consists of experienced detectives and police staff who aim to stop burglaries from happening, deal with those responsible for committing them and supporting the victims.

"They have been working together for the last three years and review every burglary that takes place in Newcastle and Gateshead.

"They work alongside both Neighbourhood Officers and 24/7 Response teams to target offenders and reduce offences. A big part of the reduction in the number of burglaries is due to their hard work and dedication."

If you have information about burglars operating in Newcastle and Gateshead than contact us on 101 and ask for the Central Area Command Burglary Team or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.