Members of a Wearside gang who were arrested for stealing hundreds of pounds of alcohol from two Amble shops are wanted by police, after they failed to surrender to bail.
The group, from Sunderland, was arrested in the town on Tuesday, March 8, following reports of shoplifting in both Co-op stores.
The value of the alcohol was more than £250 and it has since been recovered. The vehicle used by the team was also seized by police.
The gang was released on police bail until Tuesday of this week, but Alnwick Neighbourhood Police Inspector Paul Truscott said they failed to respond and are wanted.
Meanwhile, extra police resources were drafted into Amble last Saturday evening in response to local concerns over rowdy behaviour in Queen Street.
Officers were deployed on foot patrol in the town centre to reassure the public and to tackle disorderly conduct.
Local licensed premises were also visited in this operation to ensure licensing conditions were being upheld and publicans supported .
Inspector Truscott said: “We will always act on community concerns and this operation involving extra officers being deployed on the streets is a good example of this.
“People feel reassured at seeing uniformed officers on patrol and I attend to repeat this deployment in the coming weeks.”
If anyone has any concerns, the Neighbourhood Policing Team can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 101 and asking for extension 69191.
Amble Police Station is located in the Fourways 2 building, on Dilston Terrace. It is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, but is closed on bank holidays.