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Two teenagers arrested after motorcycle disorder in Newcastle
30 Apr | 09:55

Two teenagers have been arrested and a stolen motorcycle has been recovered after great work by neighbourhood officers in Newcastle.

Over the weekend police received a spate of reports of motorcycle disorder across Newburn and Lemington.

Targeted patrols were deployed and officers confronted a group of teenagers they suspected to be involved in the anti-social behaviour.

The teenagers fled on their motorcycles but officers from the Newcastle North Neighbourhood Policing Team were not to be deterred.

Enquiries led them to an address in Lemington where they were able to confront the same two 18-year-old males they had spotted earlier.

They were arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and a stolen motorcycle was recovered from the address. They have since been released under investigation.

Now the Neighbourhood Inspector for the area has praised the work of her team - and warned offenders that police are hot on their heels.

Insp Lesley Wheatley said: "There were a number of reports over the weekend of anti-social behaviour linked to motorcycles in Newburn and Lemington.

"We know that this type of disorder can have a huge impact on the lives of residents in the area and I want to reassure the public that we do take it seriously.

"A specialist task force has already been set up to tackle criminality linked to motorcycle disorder and our neighbourhood teams are working hand in hand with those detectives.

"Many of those teenagers involved in this type of disorder have been involved in serious criminal offences and a lot of the bikes are stolen.

"My officers showed great determination over the weekend to track these suspects down after gathering some really useful intelligence.

"Our work to catch those involved in these types of offences will continue but the public are our eyes and ears on the ground so we need you to call us.

"If you know those involved in nuisance motorcycle riding then please give us a call. They may be involved in serious and violent crime in your neighbourhood."

Neighbourhood officers work closely with Northumbria's dedicated motorcycle task-force. The team cover Newcastle and Gateshead and are made up of a number of experienced and specialist officers based at Etal Lane Police Station.

They review every incident where a motorcycle has been used in the commission of a crime and try to establish any patterns of behaviour.

Victims are also spoken to in a bid to build up an intelligence picture of those involved in the disorder.

The team will then look to secure warrants on addresses and that has already resulted in a number of significant arrests and convictions.

Drugs, weapons, money and stolen property have all been seized by the task-force due to their enquiries into anti-social behaviour.

If you want to send pictures, video or intelligence to the task-force then you can do so by emailing operationbenelli@northumbria.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101 and asking to speak to the Operation Benelli team.

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