New police operation launched to target county's offenders

Flynn, a new police operation, is now underway targeting active offenders operating in Northumberland and North Tyneside.

Wednesday, 8th March 2017, 9:17 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:40 am
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This initiative coordinates officers from neighbourhood teams, 24/7 response and CID to work together to gather intelligence about people committing crimes in both counties in order to identify, locate and arrest those suspected offenders.

Police are targeting people suspected of being involved in a wide range of criminality from house and commercial burglaries to violent crime, including domestic abuse offenders, and other cases. All with the emphasis on targeting individuals who cause the most harm in our communities.

Northern Area Command Chief Inspector Helena Barron said: “We’re pulling together all available resources to make a real difference and we want offenders to know that we have them in our sights and we will be using Operation Flynn to get in and make arrests so we can to bring offenders before the courts to be dealt with.

“This is an intensive, focused operation which will make a real difference to our neighbourhoods. We hope people will see this activity and feel reassured by the outcome.”

She added: “As part of this operation we will also be giving residents information about crime prevention and the simple steps they can take to keep their homes safe and make them less likely to be a victim of opportunist crime.

“Free and easy advice such as keeping your doors and windows locked securely, especially overnight, can have a big impact and make your home less attractive to the sneak-in burglar.”

Operation Flynn started on Tuesday and will run over the next two weeks. The operation will be monitored and if required repeated over the coming months.

Officers making enquiries to locate suspects will speak to residents about the initiative and will also issue updates via the force’s twitter feeds.

Northumbria Police and local Neighbourhood Policing Team’s across the area command have their own twitter accounts with local officers sending regular tweets to their followers.

Ch Insp Barron added: “Social media is a great way for local residents to find out at first hand from their local officers what is going on in their area. I would encourage anyone who is on twitter to follow their local team so they can keep up to date with our activity.

“It’s also a good way for us to give people crime prevention advice they can easily access via phones and tablets.”

The twitter accounts to follow include:

@NPNmbland for the whole of Northumberland

@NPNBerwick covering Berwick

@NPRuralNmbland covering rural Northumberland

If anyone suspects that someone they know may be involved in criminal activity where they live, ring 101 and speak to your local neighbourhood team. Confidential information can also be given to police via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.