Operation Flynn makes it's mark

Dated: 22 Mar 2017 10:00 AM

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Operation Flynn - a two week crime targeting initiative - has left its mark with more than 70 arrests.

Officers from Northumberland and North Tyneside neighbourhood teams, 24/7 response and CID have been working together to gather intelligence about active criminals and taking action by arresting those they suspect of involvement in crime.

This has led to arrests for offences from burglary, assault, domestic abuse, to breach of bail, warrants for failing to appear at court and a host of other offences.

The focus of the operation has been to safeguard vulnerable people which has seen an emphasis on domestic abuse cases to help protect people who may be suffering from harm in their own homes and 12 people have been arrested for domestic incidents.

There have been 30 arrests following warrants issued for those who have failed to appear before the courts for a variety of offences and ten for breaching bail among the total 74 people who have been arrested.

Detective Inspector Jon Bensley, who organised the operation, said: "We're pleased with the effectiveness of this initiative, it has been a proactive co-ordinated operation which has delivered impressive results.

"Intelligence led policing has been key in providing a more efficient and effective approach to make arrests.

"I am confident this work will have made a significant impact on day-to-day crime in our neighbourhoods.

"We've demonstrated to active criminals that we can reach them whether they are in Northumberland, North Tyneside and further afield, as our teams will travel to where ever they are, to make the necessary enquiries and arrests.

"This approach has made a real difference and working closely together with our partners and between departments is a tactic we will continue to employ in the future.

"We're confident that this operation has helped to reduce crime and contributed to making our neighbourhoods across the area command safer for residents and visitors alike.

"We want to make it clear we are still targeting offenders and we want to encourage people to continue to report suspicious activity to us and in particular information about those they suspect are committing crime where they live."

If anyone suspects that someone they know may be involved in criminal activity where they live, ring 101 and speak to your local neighbourhood team.

Confidential information can also be given to police via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.