Arrests during operation

Three men were arrested in relation to a burglary in north Northumberland last week during a police operation.

Rural criminals across the county were targeted in a partnership operation on Wednesday evening.

Northumbria Police joined with North Yorkshire and Durham police forces as part of Operation Jamestown to identify and stop vehicles, carry out visits to remote farms and offer reassurance to communities.

The initiative is a regular joint operation between forces and partners which is run across the rural areas of the north of England.

The Environment Agency, gamekeepers, Northumberland Forestry, Farmwatch members and other volunteers also took part in the operation.

Three men aged 33, 32 and 35, were arrested in connection with a burglary in north Northumberland and more than 20 vehicles were stopped and checked.

Tynedale West Neighbourhood Inspector, Kevin Oates, said: “We know criminals travel to rural areas to commit crime because they think the rural area is an easy target.

“This specialist operation saw increased visibility of police officers and partners both to reassure those living in our rural communities and to deter criminals who travel into our rural areas with the sole purpose of committing crime.”