Police have arrested 3 people following thefts from 7 cars over the weekend. Thieves smashed their way into the locked cars and vans parked overnight in Strathmore Crescent and Canning Street areas in Benwell and stole items including; cash, a sat nav and a variety of tools.
We actively target offenders and are urging the public to be vigilant to make sure they lock their cars and remove valuables when they park up.
– Inspector Alan Davison
3 men, aged 26, 31 and 36, have been arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle. Suspected stolen property has also been recovered by officers.
A man has been arrested following a bicycle theft in Newcastle. It happened on January 11, at 4pm, when the bike was left unattended at clothing shop, HR Ray, on Shields Road in Byker. A 27-year-old man was arrested and charged with theft. The bike was later recovered.
An 18 year old woman has been robbed in Sunderland. It happened yesterday afternoon at around 4pm. She was walking from the bus stop at Manor Road, Sulgrave, and knocked to ground by a man. He stole her shopping bags and cash from her handbag. The victim was shocked but not injured.
The suspect is described as being around 6ft tall, skinny build, wearing a black hooded top, grey track suit bottoms and black trainers or shoes.
Emergency services have described the theft of an ambulance as the lowest of crimes. Joy riders stole an ambulance while paramedics attended a patient inside a house in Hartlepool. It was taken from Wynyard Road in the early hours of Sunday.
Cleveland Police used a helicopter to track the vehicle which was found abandoned 20 minutes later in nearby Monach Road. The ambulance was left with its lights flashing but all equipment was still there.
The patient who was being treated did not need to go to hospital but staff are angry that the ambulance was taken off the road at all.
Three people have been arrested as part of the hunt for thieves who stole two Chinese artefacts from Durham University's Oriental Museum.
The woman and two men, from the West Midlands, are in custody in the Midlands and will be transported to Durham for questioning.
Two Qing Dynasty artefacts are said to be worth at least two million pounds.
We believe there are still several outstanding suspects who we are trying to trace. We believe that it's likely those suspects are aware of the police investigation. We urge them to come forward and contact Durham Police to enable us to progress the investigation further.
– Det Insp Traci McNally, Durham Police
Police say three men were seen acting suspiciously in the Gallery on thursday afternoon, hours before the theft. Anyone with information is asked to contact Durham Police.
Thieves have stolen more than twenty Victorian grave markers from a Sunderland cemetery. The cast iron plaques were dug out on Wednesday night. 24 were taken from the cemetery in Grangetown. Police say it's the latest in a spate of metal thefts from around the region.
Neighbourhood Inspector John Connelly from Northumbria Police said 'We're working with scrap metal yards throughout the area and asking dealers to be extra vigilant.' Sunderland councillor James Blackburn described it as a 'despicable act.'