Operation Checkpoint strikes again with another successful night of police activity
12 Feb | 16:13

Officers and Police and Crime Commissioner reinforce their commitment to rural crime as Operation Checkpoint battles the storm to tackle rural crime.

Officers and partners teamed up once again to proactively target suspected rural crime activity across Northumberland.

Operation Checkpoint – which is the biggest rural policing operation of its kind in the country –ran overnight on Tuesday (February 11) into the early hours of this morning (Wednesday), and results included four people stopped on suspicion of poaching offences.

Sadly, due to the weather officers had to scale back the operation but the activity still saw a number of vehicles stopped, one of which was seized after suspected as being stolen.

Operation Checkpoint is an ongoing proactive initiative that targets suspected criminal activity in order to swiftly disrupt the organised network and protect communities by acting on local intelligence and emerging crime trends.   

Northumbria Police’s Neighbourhood Inspector Pam Bridges, one of the leading officers on the operation, said: “It is great to see another successful Operation Checkpoint carried out.

“This continued multi-agency approach only reinforces our message that those who think they can use our rural areas to carry out any criminal activity are sorely mistaken.

“We regularly work with partners and volunteers to keep our rural communities safe and the continued support from those we work with during these types of operations is superb and something that will only strengthen going forward.”

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, said: “Rural communities can sometimes feel forgotten so it’s important we give them the focus and attention they deserve - this operation is about doing just that.

“I’ve seen first-hand how Northumbria Police is working closely with residents and volunteers, encouraging their involvement to ensure rural crime is fully understood and that the policing response is effective.

“I hope these results send a clear message that Northumbria is not a soft-spot for rural crime and I will continue working to ensure residents in our rural areas feel safe and well supported by their police force.”

To find out more about rural policing and how you can volunteer, contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team, by dialling 101 or visiting the Northumbria Police website.


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