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MOST WANTED: Specialist task-force arrest 175 people in nine days

MOST WANTED: Specialist task-force arrest 175 people in nine days

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Suspected burglars, sex offenders and drug dealers were among 175 of Tyne and Wear’s most wanted fugitives snared by police in just NINE DAYS!

Last week Northumbria Police pulled together a team of officers and tasked them with the sole job of tracking down wanted suspects across the Force area.

A dedicated intelligence cell was set up to carry out enquiries to establish the whereabouts of suspects.

Police also spoke to key partner agencies to help build a bigger picture of the individuals’ movements that led to a number of active leads to follow.

From there, response officers, neighbourhood teams and detectives were deployed across the region to help bring those suspects in to custody.

House searches, vehicle checks and enquiries with known associates were also conducted with the support of Special Constables and Northumbria’s Motor Patrols Department.

And today Northumbria Police has hailed the operation a success after 175 wanted suspects were arrested between Saturday, February 20, and Sunday, February 28.

Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Pitt, who oversaw some of that work as part of Operation Bastian, hopes the activity reassures the public that the Force will not stop until suspected criminals are in custody.

He said: “These fugitives had been identified as some of the ‘Most Wanted’ suspects across Tyne and Wear so it is a fantastic result to bring so many into custody.

“To arrest 175 suspects in just over a week is an outstanding effort and it is thanks to the hard work of officers, staff and volunteers from across our area.

“Our Special Constables deserve a special thank you for volunteering their own time to come in and search for these individuals.

“I also want to thank those partner agencies who supported our intelligence gathering and the members of the public who provided us with community intelligence on the suspects.

“These arrests may well have come as a result of a specific week of action but anyone who tries to outrun police should know that we will never stop looking for you.

“You should always be looking over your shoulder and always be expecting a knock on your door – it’s only a matter of time before we find you.”

Those wanted suspects caught by police were arrested for offences including robbery, assault, burglary, rape and drugs offences. Of the 175 arrested, 15 were women and the rest were men.

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