Sunderland Echo

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.

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Police on the hunt for crime suspects.

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