Over 120 ‘most wanted’ fugitives arrested in week of police raids
More than 120 of the North East’s ‘most wanted’ fugitives have been arrested – after a week of police raids.
As part of Operation Bastian, officers from the Northumbria Police intelligence department spent significant time pulling together a picture on those ‘most wanted’ across the region.
Working alongside partner organisations, officers identified where suspects were staying and last week undertook a series of raids to round them up.
In all, 121 people were ar- rested for a range of unsolved crimes – including burglary, assault, public order, drugs, and weapons offences.
Chf Insp Karen Murray, of the Northumbria Police’s Harm Reduction Department, said: “The fugitives we arrested were deemed high risk in our area and I am delightedthat so many have now been located.
“They have been purposely evading police and it
is thanks to the tenacity of officers working on Operation Bastian that they have been brought into custody.”
She added: “This may well have been a week of activity, but I want fugitives in our region to know that we will never stop looking for you.
“You should always be looking over your shoulder and always be expecting a knock on your door – it’s only a matter of time before we bring you into custody.”
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of an individual who is wanted by police can contact officers by calling 101. People can also report online at the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of the Northumbria Police website. To report information anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.