Top officer praises security staff whose quick-thinking assistance helped snare three suspected robbers
10 Jan | 15:40

A top officer has praised the assistance of city centre security staff, whose vigilance and hard work helped detain three suspected robbers after a teen was threatened in Newcastle.

Shortly after 6pm on Tuesday (January 4) police received a call from a concerned mother, who reported her 16-year-old son had been approached by a group of males, while he was with two friends near Old Eldon square, on Blackett Street.

The males were then reported to have threatened him before stealing some of his jewellery and clothes and making off from the scene. 

Officers immediately began making enquiries and contacted security staff from Eldon Square – who soon laid eyes on those believed to be involved using their CCTV cameras.

The suspects were tracked as they made their way through the city and thanks to the quick-thinking security staff, officers from our Neighbourhood Policing Team were guided straight to two males, both aged 14, who were arrested and taken to custody.

Following further enquiries a third male, aged 16, was arrested later that day. The trio have all been released on police bail while enquiries continue.

Officers recovered the stolen items, which were then returned to their rightful owner.

Following the incident, Chief Inspector Dave Wheeler has praised the teamwork which led to the swift series of arrests.

He said: “This was an outstanding display of teamwork between staff from Eldon Square and our officers, which has ensured a group of suspected robbers were quickly detained.

“I would like to thank  the team at Eldon Square for their swift assistance. Thanks to their help our officers were able to quickly follow and detain those believed to be involved in real-time -  and security staff were instrumental in helping us to secure this positive outcome.

“Thankfully the victim was physically unharmed and was able to provide us with an excellent description, which has been a huge help to the ongoing investigation.”

Ch Insp Wheeler added: “We will not tolerate behaviour like this on our streets and I am proud to see our officers working hand in hand with those working in our communities to prevent stop crime and bring offenders to justice.

“We will continue to do all we can to ensure this area remains a safe place to live and work, and would like to thank the community for their ongoing support. If you see anything suspicious, always report it.”

 

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