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Police warning to store car keys out of sight of burglars

Police are warning people to be careful where they keep their car keys after a number of burglaries where cars were stolen.

It follows reports of three burglaries in Wallsend since January 16 where car keys were taken. Areas in Wallsend such as Hadrian Lodge, Holy Cross and Willington Quay have seen offences.

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In some cases, suspects have gone in through an unlocked door while in others they have smashed a porch or doors window to reach inside.

Keys stolen have either been left with house keys in the back of the door left on a nearby table or in the hallway.

Police are advising that people:

  • be aware of where your car keys are stored
  • make sure doors and windows are locked
  • don't leave keys in view or within reach
  • detatch car keys from house keys and store out of sight

Wallsend Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Storey said:

We've seen an increase in offences across Wallsend where car keys have been targeted during burglaries to homes.

We're seeing a variety of methods from burglars - some are sneaking in through unlocked doors and on other occasions windows are being smashed. But they common factor is they only have to be in the house a matter of seconds to find the keys and make off in a vehicle.

It's vital people secure their property and are conscious of where they are keeping their car keys. Make sure doors and windows are locked and don't leave keys in view or within reach.

Don't leave them in the back of the door - detach them from your house keys and store them somewhere out of sight. By taking a few simple steps to secure your keys it could prevent a lot of distress and frustration, not to mention cost."

– Wallsend Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Storey

Potentially lethal chemical stolen in farmhouse burglary

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Potentially lethal chemicals have been stolen after a burglary at a farmhouse in South Hetton on Friday, December 4th.

Amongst other items, two five litre tubs of a poison called Cymag were taken. The containers, which look like paint tins, are orange and red in colour and contain a white powder. If the powder comes into contact with water it turns into the lethal gas hydrogen cyanide.

A tin of ‘Sheepdip’ de-licing product was also stolen. While not considered as hazardous as Cymag, this can also be dangerous if it is swallowed or comes into contact with skin.

We urgently need to trace the location of the tubs of Cymag and Sheepdip. If anyone has information about the whereabouts of these chemicals, they must not approach them but instead call 999 and ask to speak to the police.

– Detective Sergeant Tony Elliott

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Burglars smash into Newcastle house with hammer

Two men burst into a house in Newcastle and threatened a man inside with a hammer this morning, police have said.

The men, who spoke with local accents, smashed the front window of a house on Shipley Street in Lemington before forcing their way in through the front door at 2:30am.

  • The men are described as being of medium build, wearing black tracksuits with balaclavas.

The resident was left shaken but uninjured.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area at the time to contact them on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 80 06/07/15.

Teenagers arrested after cars stolen in Newcastle

Two teenagers have been arrested after cars were stolen in a Newcastle burglary between yesterday and today.

It happened between 11pm and 7am on Tuesday, January 27, into Wednesday, January 28, when car keys were reportedly stolen during a burglary at a house at Cherryburn in Byker.

Two cars were then stolen from outside using the stolen keys - both vehicles have since been recovered.

Two young people aged 16 and 15 have been arrested on suspicion of burglary and are currently in custody helping with enquiries.

WATCH: Thieves smash through glass and steal expensive bikes in broad daylight

Two teenage thieves smashed their way into a garage in Stockton at a busy traffic light junction and stole three high value racing bikes in less than a minute.

They broke through the patio doors of the garage on Darlington Back Lane at around 3:30pm on Tuesday 20th January and rode away with the stolen bikes over their shoulders:

Officers are investigating the incident and anyone with information is asked to call 101.

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Aggravated burglary in Harrogate

Detectives are appealing for information after an aggravated burglary in Harrogate.

It occurred at 9.50pm yesterday (11 May) at a house on Fulwith Mill Lane.

Three men approached the house, and one of them assaulted the man living at the address on the driveway.

They then entered the property before threatening the man and his wife, then stealing money, jewellery and mobile phones.

The burglars left in a small car similar in size to a Volkswagen Golf.

The man who lives at the house suffered a minor injury which did not require medical treatment.

Two of the suspects are white, while the third is black. All are of stocky build.

“Although the residents of the house were not seriously hurt, the experience has naturally left them very shaken."

– Detective Inspector Pete Martin, Harrogate CID

Police Warning after Prescription Drugs Stolen

Northumbria police has warned of the dangers of taking a batch of prescription drugs which were stolen from a house in Gateshead on Sunday. Officers say the drugs, including oramorph and oxycodone, could be fatal if taken in large quantities.

If any medication is found, it's advised to take it straight to your nearest police station.

– Northumbria Police spokesperson

Police appeal for information on burglary suspect

Jordan Thomas Both

Police in North Yorkshire are asking members of the public to report any sightings of York man Jordan Thomas Both.

Detectives want to speak to 26-year-old Mr Both in connection with a number of burglary and theft offences in York and the surrounding area.

Although Mr Both is from York, he also has connections to Leeds.

Officers are appealing to people in both cities to keep an eye out for him and to call the police if they see him or know where he is now.

Christmas presents stolen

Police are appealing for information following a burglary at a home in Hartlepool in which Christmas presents were stolen.

The burglary took place between Sunday 15th December and Thursday 19th December at an address on Caistor Drive on the Fens estate in Hartlepool.

Among the stolen items were nine-carat gold earrings, a nine-carat gold pendant, a Nintendo Wii console, GHD hair straighteners, an Acer laptop and numerous children’s toys.Anyone with information is asked to call the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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