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Detectives release CCTV footage as part of travelling gang burglary investigation
28 Mar | 14:50

Detectives have released CCTV footage as part of their investigation into a spate of high-value burglaries believed to be committed by a travelling gang with Irish accents.

Last week specialist detectives in Northumbria Police's Central Burglary Team launched an investigation after five similar burglaries in just five days.

Homes across Dinnington, Brunton Bridge, Kenton, Heaton and Gateshead were targeted, with the gang stealing £50,000 worth of jewellery in one of the burglaries.

On Thursday, March 21, a sixth property was targeted in Fenham with thieves making off with an estimated £30,000 in jewellery.

Nobody was inside the house on Redewater Road at the time but a witnesses reported seeing three masked men leaving in a black Mercedes car at about 8.40pm.

And now police have revealed that a seventh address on Redesdale Road in Gosforth was burgled on Tuesday afternoon when the occupants returned home at about 4pm and disturbed three intruders.

On this occasion the offenders escaped with just a small amount of jewellery but detectives have said they believe the same travelling gang is responsible.

Now one of Northumbria Police’s specialist burglary teams has released moving CCTV footage of the group of men they would like to identify.

They had released still images of the men last week but now detectives are releasing he video as the men could hold information that is important to the police enquiry and could help find those responsible.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Knox said: “We released images of these men last week and got some really good intelligence from the local community.

“However, we have still been unable to trace them and so are now releasing video footage in the hope that somebody may be able to better recognise the men.

“They could have information that is vital to our enquiry and we would implore anyone who thinks they may have seen them to pick up the phone and call police.

"Any piece of information, no matter how small, could be the only lead we need to help bring this gang to justice."

DCI Knox added: "This is very serious offending by a sophisticated and organised criminal gang.

"Nobody has been injured in any of the burglaries but these are serious offences and we need to find out who they are.

"The value of the items stolen in these burglaries has not yet been determined but we estimate it is more than £100,000.

"They have been prolific over the past fortnight and there will be a number of people who would have crossed paths with this gang.

"We know a degree of planning has gone in to the burglaries so residents may have seen them loitering in the area in the days before the raids.

"They aren't from the area, they have Irish accents but it is likely they are staying locally.

“We believe they have been staying in in different areas across the North East in hotels, caravan sites and holiday accommodation.

“We have had information that they may be staying in North and South Tyneside, Northumberland, Newcastle and Gateshead so we need people to think about whether they could have encountered these men.

“We also need people to look out for unfamiliar cars parked on their street, particularly a black Mercedes C-Class, or any vehicle with Irish registration plates.

"If you have noticed anyone acting suspiciously in the areas where these offences have been committed then please pick up the phone and contact police."

- Between 6.30pm and 8.40pm on Thursday, March 14, at The Crest in Dinnington.
- Between 7.30pm and 8.35pm on Friday, March 15, at Cragside in Heaton.
- Between 6.30pm and 8.40pm on Friday, March 15, at Oakhurst Drive in Gosforth.
- Between 6.40pm and 6.55pm on Friday, March 15, at Windsor Court in Brunton Bridge.
- At about 10pm on Tuesday, March 19, at Brighton Road in Gateshead.
- At 8.40pm on Thursday, March 21, at Redewater Road in Fenham.
- At about 4pm on Tuesday, March 26, on Redesdale Road in Gosforth.

If you have information you believe could assist the investigation then you should call police on 101 and ask to speak to the Central Burglary Team or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also report online at www.northumbria.police.uk/contact or email central.intelligence@northumbria.pnn.police.uk.

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