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Nine people arrested after shoplifting investigation

Police seized suspected stolen property as part of Operation Soundwave. Credit: Northumbria Police

Police investigating organised shoplifting have arrested nine people after early morning raids in Newcastle.

They were looking into organised shoplifting targeting stores in Eldon Square, Kingston Park, Team Valley and the Metro Centre.

The dawn raids took place on Monday 9th December. As well as making arrests, police seized vehicles and recovered suspected stolen property.

The raids were part of Northumbria Police's Operation Soundwave, which aims to tackle thefts and burglary in the region over the festive period.


Full report: Mother seeks truth over 'snatched baby'

A mother from North Yorkshire who claims her new born baby was snatched from her when she gave birth in a Spanish hospital has marked her daughter's 21st birthday with a vow to discover the truth.

Ruth Appleby was told her baby had died shortly after she was born. But, she now believes the infant was one of thousands suspected to have been sold for adoption by corrupt medical staff, and that she could still be alive today. Jon Hill went to meet her.

Police crack down on Metro offenders

Police in action during Operation Titan

Police in North Shields have been taking action to turn away known criminals from the area and crackdown on offenders.

As part of Operation Titan, police officers, and officers from the Metro carried out joint patrols around North Shields Metro Station.

A number of penalty notices were served for fare evasion, one person was issued a direction to leave notice, and several others were stopped and checked.


North Shields man jailed after drugs crackdown

A 24-year-old man has been jailed following a crackdown on drugs in North Shields.

Ian Maholem, of Tonbridge Avenue, was sentenced to 26 weeks in prison for possession of a Class C drug with intent to supply with an additional three-week sentence to run concurrently for possession of cannabis.

Maholem was targeted by the police when more than 160 tamazepam tablets were recovered along with two bags of cannabis from an address on Albion Road.

Officers also recovered two mobile phones, £200 cash and drug paraphernalia.

"This serves as a warning to criminals that we are watching and will catch those involved in drug-related crimes.

"Maholem is just one example of an offender who we've put behind bars. Our team uses intelligence to monitor drug activity in the area and we're aware of key players and hotspot areas.

"It is part of our crackdown on crime and disorder in the area. We're listening to the concerns of residents and ensuring that we keep their neighbourhood a safe place to live."

"Anyone with any concerns can contact the team at any time."

– Neighbourhood Inspector Geoff Cross

The North Shields Neighbourhood Team can be contacted on 101 ext 69191 or via email at

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