Specialist motorcycle task force seize yet another stolen motorcycle after call from eagle-eyes resident
04 Jul | 13:46

Detectives on Northumbria Police’s specialist motorcycle crime task force have seized yet another stolen motorcycle.

The Operation Benelli team seized the Lex Moto 125cc motorcycle on Tuesday after a tip-off from a member of the public.

They had contacted police to report two motorcycles were riding in an anti-social manner around Gateshead.

Officers on patrol in the area carried out enquiries that led them to address in Sheriff Hill where they found the a motorcycle they suspected to be stolen.

They seized the bike and were able to establish it had been stolen from the Teams Valley Trading Estate on Monday.

Once the investigation has been completed the bike will then be returned to its owner.

Det Sgt Craig Brown, of the Operation Benelli team, has asked the public to continue to report any motorcycles acting in an anti-social manner across the region.

He said: “We got a phone call about something that didn’t seem quite right and it’s enabled us to located a stolen motorcycle.

“I want to thank that caller for their vigilance and want the public to know that these kind of calls can be a huge help to us.

“We have been very proactive in our work in this area and these type of calls tell us that the message is getting through.

“Enquiries to identify those responsible for the theft will continue but these positive results show that our work is having an impact.”

The Op Benelli 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.

You can also call 101 and asking to speak to the Operation Benelli team or report information online at the Northumbria Police website.

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