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Six motorcycles seized in just two days by Operation Benelli task-force
05 Sep | 12:33

A specialist task-force set up to crackdown on motorcycle thefts in the region have revealed they have seized five suspected stolen motorcycles in just two days.

The Operation Benelli team were set up earlier this year to tackle a spike in incidents relating to motorcycle crime and disorder.

A number of experienced and specialist officers work out of Etal Lane Police Station and use a number of tactics to target know criminals.

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

Officers gather intelligence and regularly secure enough evidence to execute a search warrant on properties they believe to be linked to disorder.

Earlier this week the team revealed how they had recovered two stolen motorcycles, one of which belonged to a Dutch tourist holidaying in the region.

And now they have revealed they have seized a further five motorcycles and a quad bike from two addresses in Wallsend believed to be linked to criminality.

Many of the bikes have been stripped of parts but enquiries are ongoing to establish if they were stolen.

Detective Tomasz Fowler, who leads the Operation Benelli team, said they are making “huge strides” in the crackdown on motorcycle crime.

He said: “These seizures mean we have now recovered five bikes and a quad in just two days thanks to proactive police work.

“We have now seized over 100 stolen motorcycles in just a few months and the majority of bikes reported stolen are being recovered.

“Hundreds of people have been arrested by the Op Benelli team and a number of those individuals are awaiting a court appearance.

“We are making huge strides in tackling this type of criminality and every week we are putting in doors of those linked to motorcycle offences.

“But this work isn’t possible without the help of the local community and we need you to continue to be our eyes and ears.

“If you see two or three people riding a motorcycle, maybe without a helmet, and it doesn’t seem right, then give us a call.

“Your help could prevent crimes from taking place or it could lead us to recovering stolen property and putting suspects before the court.”

Four men were arrested by the team as part of the activity. Two have been released on bail while the other two were cautioned for handling stolen goods.

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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