Eighteen warrants have been carried out in Northumberland as police continue to target thieves as part of Operation Soundwave.
The warrants were carried on Tuesday at addresses in Ashington, Lynemouth, Blyth, Cramlington, Pegswood, Hexham and Prudhoe.
Nine people were arrested – both men and women – for a range of offences including handling stolen goods and drug offences. Suspected stolen property, mainly electrical goods, and drugs were seized during the warrants.
The activity is part of Northumbria Police’s forcewide Operation Soundwave campaign which is aimed at tackling crimes such as burglaries and thefts and which is supported by Vera Baird, the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner.
Northumberland Chief Inspector Peter Reeve said: “This was a coordinated response across the whole of the county to disrupt the activity of those suspected of being involved in acquisitive crime.
“Thieves and burglars who think they can get away with stealing from people, in particular in the run up to Christmas, should think again. We are actively seeking out those suspected of being responsible and will continue to take similar action.
“I would urge members of the public to help us in stemming acquisitive crime and report any suspicious activity to us, if they see someone hanging around in their neighbourhood seemingly unnecessarily we would ask them to get in contact.”
The Commissioner Vera Baird added: “We value the support we have from our neighbourhoods in working with officers to help prevent crime and raise confidence in our communities.
“Reducing crime is a priority of my Police and Crime Plan and I’m determined to see crime continue to be reduced.
“I’d encourage anyone who wants crime prevention advice or has any concerns to speak to officers in their neighbourhoods.”
Residents are reminded to register any valuable items on the national property registering database Immobilise -www.immobilise.co.uk Police can identify the owners of any items they recovered that are registered on the site.
Further information about Operation Soundwave and crime prevention advice is available on the Northumbria Police website www.northumbria.police.uk
The warrants were carried out in the following streets:
Ashington – Brinkburn Crescent; St Nicholas Close; Beatrice Street; College Road
Lynemouth – Denecroft
Blyth – St Bedes Road; Kings Gardens; Wensleydale Terrace; Bendrige Park; Maughan Street
Cramlington – Holywell Avenue
Pegswood – Patton Way
Hexham – Derwent road,
Prudhoe – Bradley Road; Victoria Terrace; Castle Lea; River View
Choppington – Eastgate