Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

They Thought They'd Got Away with It - Uintil This Happened! Cold Case Swoop on Those They Want for Past Crimes

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

They Thought They'd Got Away with It - Uintil This Happened! Cold Case Swoop on Those They Want for Past Crimes

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Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY Crime Reporter sophie.doughty@ncjmedia.co.uk @Sophie_Doughty

THEY may have thought they'd got away with it - but police have been catching up with suspected criminals on their 'most wanted' list.

Officers from Northumbria have today trawling homes in a bid to track down people they want for serious crimes.

The raids was part of 'Operation Flynn' launched this week by the force's Northern Area Command, which covers North Tyneside and Northumberland.

During the crackdown officers were searching for people wanted in connection with a variety of crimes, including domestic violence, sexual offence, burglary and drugs offences, who they have so far been unable to track down.

They also went after those wanted for failure to appear at court.

The names on the list were the suspects believed to pose the most risk to the community.

Det Sgt Richie Anderson, said: "Operation Flynn is aimed at reducing the number of outstanding wanted people and those wanted on warrant in the Northern Area Command.

"We decided to do some work on those that are outstanding and put a list together based on harm and risk. Our message is if you are wanted or know someone who is wanted call the police or we may be knocking on your door."

And Det Chief Insp Craig Metcalfe, who is overseeing the operation, added: "This high profile initiative coordinates officers from neighbourhood teams, 24/7 response and CID to work together to identify, locate and arrest those suspected offenders. You'll not only see our officers on foot and in our patrol cars as part of Operation Flynn, we'll have cops out on bikes, and we'll be getting a little help from our dog section and mounted section too.

"Our volunteer Special Constables have also been deployed, giving them a unique opportunity to take part in this operation. What makes Operation Flynn special is that we're bringing together activity from our partner agencies such as the council and housing associations to help us to locate some of the suspects, as well working with volunteers and the wider community, who provide us with intelligence. …

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