"These burglaries are happening while the thieves and burglars think no one is at home and they are taking advantage of opportunities such as unlocked doors and windows.
"People can help stop this type of offence by locking all windows and doors when they leave their home and by keeping valuables out of sight of windows.
"The burglary where a ladder was used is fairly unusual as we think it was committed during the day. If anyone saw anyone suspicious in the Westfield area on that day carrying a ladder then I'd ask them to get in touch with us.
"Anyone who lives, works or is spending time in Gosforth and who sees anything suspicious should report it to police straight away.
"If someone or something doesn't look or seem right then please report it to police."
– Neighbourhood Inspector Julie Rana.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 extension 69191.
Police are warning householders in Gosforth to be vigilant after a spate of burglaries in the area.
Officers have stepped up patrols after four break-ins were reported in five days in Westfield, Rydal Road and The Drive.
Officers say burglars entered a house in Westfield through an upstairs window between 7:15am and 9:30pm on September 13. They used a ladder to reach a window and they stole jewellery.
Thieves entered a house in The Drive through an unlocked front door, stealing a laptop and an iPad on September 12.
Two bikes worth more than £2,500 and a laptop were stolen from a house in Rydal Road after thieves entered the property through an unlocked window. It happened overnight between September 14 and September 15.
Police are appealing for information after a series of break-ins in Gosforth.
A house in Rothwell Road was broken into on 19th April, a person inside disturbed the burglar who left with nothing. On the same day a house on Poplar Place was broken into and jewellery was stolen.
Two days later, a house in Kenton Road had a break-in. Again, the burglar was disturbed by someone inside and left with nothing. This person was short, aged around 40 and of large build. A caravan on the same street had satellite equipment stolen from it sometime between 15th April and 21st April.
Author Celia Bryce has opened a charity's first book shop which will raise funds to keep a Newcastle hospice running.
The former nurse was on hand for the official opening of St Oswald's Hospice book shop in Gosforth's High Street.
As well as books it sells DVDs, CDs, records and retro-style new goods.
Celia was born in Jarrow and now lives in Tynemouth. Celia donated a signed copy of her new novel Anthem For Jackson Dawes, for sale in the bookshop.
The store has an easy-reach children's section as well as sections for fiction, cookery, history, military, biography, and reference.
St Oswald's needs to raise £6.5 million each year to continue its work with families in the North East.
"I was so pleased to be asked to be involved in the opening of the shop. It looks absolutely fantastic, just like a proper local book shop should.
"You can really see the effort that has been put into it. Christine and her volunteers should be very proud. I'll definitely be popping in again soon."
– Celia Bryce
"We're very excited to be opening our first dedicated bookshop on the high street. It's a great opportunity for supporters to see the huge range, and the quality, of books which are donated to our shops, from fiction and biographies to cookery and text books - and everything in between.
"The shop will also sell CDs, records, DVDs and vintage-style new goods so there's something for everyone. Buying items from our shops is a fantastic way to support a local charity."
– Andrew Moir, retail services manager for St Oswald's