Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Wanted: Have You Seen These Criminals? POLICE STILL HUNTING FOR A TRIO ON RUN FROM THE LAW

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Wanted: Have You Seen These Criminals? POLICE STILL HUNTING FOR A TRIO ON RUN FROM THE LAW

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

@Sophie_Doughty THEY trawled homes across Tyneside in a bid to arrest them, and now police have revealed details of three of their most wanted suspects that have evaded capture.

We told last week how officers from Northumbria Police had been targeting those suspected of and wanted for serious crimes, that have so far avoided arrest.

As part of Operation Flynn, arrest teams visited homes and addresses connected to those on their 'most wanted' list. So far a total of 40 people have been locked up in six days.

And it is expected more targets will be taken off the streets in the coming weeks as a result of intelligence that has come in to police from local communities during the week long initiative. But now officers are asking the public to help in their bid to locate three wanted offenders, who have so far slipped the net.

Lee Heron, Melanie Cook and Ioana Vasile are the people detectives want to find.

Det Insp Jon Bensley said: "Take a look at the images and if you have any information that could help us locate anyone on our target list then please ring us or Crimestoppers and pass it on.

"We want these people arrested and are looking to our communities for help in making this happen. Any information could help, so please pick up the phone and help us round off Operation Flynn in style."

Heron is 28 years old and from Kenton Road in North Shields. He is wanted for failing to appear at crown court.

Police are also on the lookout for Cook, of Disraeli Street in Blyth. She is 32 and is wanted for three counts of theft.

Vasile, 33, who may be in Leeds but has links to the North East, is the third offender on the list. He is unlawfully at large following a prison recall.

Operation Flynn was launched last week by Northumbria Police'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, who they have so far been unable to track down. They also went after those wanted for failure to appear at court. …

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