Officers complete clean sweep after public team up with police to help successfully track down 15 wanted men
26 Jan | 11:31

Police have praised the public who came forward to assist the search for 15 men who were evading arrest

Officers have completed a clean sweep after the public teamed up with police to successfully track down 15 wanted men.

Last month, Northumbria Police released the images of 15 suspects who were wanted in connection with offences committed across the North East and who were evading arrest.

The Force asked the public to help pass on any intelligence about the suspects’ whereabouts – and officers were inundated with information as communities rose to the challenge.

Now, one month on, all 15 wanted men have now been arrested and interviewed in connection with the respective offences.

Superintendent Paul Milner, of Northumbria Police, said: “The public response to this appeal has been absolutely phenomenal.

“I would like to thank every single person who contacted us with information – whether it was a possible sighting or information about where they could be staying.

“Your help was invaluable and this is a fantastic example of how the public can work with us to help ensure Northumbria continues to be a safe place to live, work and visit.

“Because of your intervention, two men have since been recalled to prison while another has since been jailed after being convicted. A number of others have been charged and are due to appear in court

“We are incredibly proud of the relationships we have with our communities, and we will continue to use every tactic at our disposal in order to detect and disrupt criminality, pursue suspects and bring effective justice against perpetrators.”

Among those arrested was a 26-year-old man whose Christmas plans were scuppered when officers turned up at the house where he was attempting to lie low.

Police received information, submitted from a member of the public via independent charity Crimestoppers, that led them to an address in Sunderland.

When officers attended on Boxing Day they found a suspect – wanted in connection with a burglary – hiding behind a fridge in the kitchen.

Of the 15 suspects circulated, two males have been recalled to prison for breaching their licence while an 18-year-old man was jailed after being convicted of theft and criminal damage offences.

Four others have been charged with a string of offences and are due to appear in court, four remain under investigation and two on police bail.

Two suspects have been released with no further action to be taken.

Anyone with information about criminality in their area is asked to report it via the ‘Tell us Something’ page of our website or by calling 101. In an emergency, or if a crime is taking place, always ring 999.

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