A teenager has been arrested and two motorcycles recovered after a day of enforcement by Northumbria Police’s specialist motorcycle task-force.
On Friday detectives on the task-force carried out a day of action where four search warrants were executed across Newcastle and Gateshead.
The activity followed an investigation into a string of motorcycle thefts and robberies across the Force area.
As part of the day of action two stolen motorcycles were seized from an address in the Newbiggin Hall area of Newcastle.
One of the those seized was stolen from Gateshead College in May after which Northumbria Police’s specialist task-force released CCTV showing the theft in action.
An 18-year-old man was also arrested by detectives on suspicion of handling stolen goods, theft and vehicle interference. He has since been released under investigation.
Detective Sergeant Craig Brown leads the task-force and said they were delighted to return the property to their rightful owners.
He said: “In recent months we have seen a trend of serious offences being committed by individuals on motorcycles.
“They are stealing other motorcycles, carrying out robberies and some of these incidents have even led to serious violence.
“We are treating this type of offending as serious and organised crime and this day of action was all about disrupting those involved.
“Four addresses were searched by our officers and it is a great result to seize two suspected stolen bikes and a number of other goods.
“One person has been arrested but this action is just the tip of the iceberg and our work to tackle offenders will continue.
“Anyone who notices anyone acting suspiciously, or witnesses anyone behaving oddly around a motorcycle, is encouraged to contact police immediately.”
The specialist task-force covers Newcastle and Gateshead and is 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.
If you want to send pictures, video or intelligence to the task-force then you can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also call 101 and ask to speak to the Operation Benelli team or report it online at www.northumbria.police.uk.