Wheelie bin thieves made to take part in charity car wash in Newcastle
21 May | 14:42
Two thieves caught trying to pinch a wheelie bin have been reprimanded by police - and made to take part in a charity car wash.
Last month officers were on patrol in Newcastle when they spotted a man and a woman pushing a wheelie bin.
It roused the suspicions of police as the pair were pushing the bin over the A69 overpass and there were no houses in the area.
They stopped them and asked them about the bins at which point they admitted pinching them as there's had gone missing.
Officers returned the bin back to its owner and the man and woman were brought into the police station to be interviewed.
They were remorseful about the theft and so police decided to not press charges but instead agreed to a community resolution.
And earlier this month they kept their word and took part in a community car wash at Gosforth Fire Station.
They stayed for two hours and joined volunteers from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service to help raise money for the Firefighters Charity.
Sergeant Ashley Palmer, of the local neighbourhood policing team, said it showed residents in the area that officers will take action against wheelie bin thieves.
She said: "We know that there has been an increase in wheelie bin thefts recently and we know this is annoying for residents.
"It may seem like a trivial matter but it impacts people's every day lives and comes at a cost to the local authority who need to replace the bins.
"The officers who stopped these two people could clearly tell that something wasn't right and they did the right thing in stopping them.
"They were quick to admit their guilt and they showed remorse at an early stage so a community resolution was the most appropriate course of action.
"Ultimately the victims have had their property returned to them and the offenders have given back to the local community.
"It was a positive outcome for everyone involved and this should show the local community that the police will always take action."
The 23-year-old man and 28-year-old woman took part in the community car wash earlier this month.
Firefighters and volunteers from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service had been cleaning cars during a series charity car washes at fire stations across the region.
Every year, hundreds of fire stations across the country compete to raise the most cash for The Fire Fighters Charity, which supports injured firefighters and their families.
You can show your support for the fire and rescue community by getting your cars, vans or bikes washed at one of two charity car washes this Saturday.
Events are being held between 10am and 3pm at both South Shields Community Fire Station and Chopwell Community Fire Station.
Anyone who notices suspicious behaviour is encouraged to contact police on 101 or report it online at www.northumbria.police.uk.
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