Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Longer out There - Some of Our Worst Burglars Are Jailed

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Longer out There - Some of Our Worst Burglars Are Jailed

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Byline: Sophie Doughty Crime Reporter

BEHIND bars, off the streets, and out of our homes - these burglars have been locked-up for a total of almost 50 years.

Police have been cracking down on the home raiders who make life a misery for their victims.

And now some of Tyneside's prolific burglars are behind bars, the number of break-ins across the area has fallen by a quarter this year.

Teams from Northumbria Police have been carrying out operations in the communities worst hit by burglars.

Action has included extra patrols and undercover stings.

And the activity, which forms part of Northumbria Police's Operation Soundwave aimed at tackling thieves and burglars, is already having an impact with a 25% reduction in burglars so far this year, amounting to 389 fewer offences, than the same period last year.

Supt Sav Patsalos, of Northumbria Police, said: "These are just some examples of burglars who are no longer on the streets of Northumbria and are serving time in prison for their crimes.

"The number of burglaries across the force is down signifi-cantly compared to last year but we're not complacent, one burglary is still one too many. "We're well aware the impact being the victim of a burglary can be and that's why we continue to target those suspected of being involved in burglaries across the force to ensure action is taken against them and to prevent further offences from taking place.

"As always, crime prevention plays a key [art in preventing crime from taking place and I'd continue to ask residents to be vigilant - lock doors and windows, keep valuables safe and consider installing things such as an alarm, security lighting or CCTV to deter opportunist thieves."

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT William Trotter, 33, of no fixed |address, sentenced to 40 months in June in relation to burglaries in Sunderland which happened at the end of 2013.

David Richardson, 23, of Fuller |Road, Sunderland, sentenced to two and a half years this month for a burglary at Cairo Street in Sunderland.

Lee Robinson, 37, of High Lane |Row, Hebburn, sentenced to two years in August for a burglary at May Street in South Shields in April. …

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