Firearm and knuckle duster seized and 54 arrests in crime crackdown

54 people have been arrested and weapons including a firearm and knuckle duster taken off the streets during a police crackdown.

By Candice Farrow
Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 4:12 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 5:37 pm
Northumbria Police, Response Team
Northumbria Police, Response Team

Officers executed a number of warrants across North Tyneside and Northumberland during a week of action against violence and dangerous crime, as part of Operation Net which ran from Monday, November 18 to Sunday, November 24. A total of 54 arrests have been made.

Some of those brought into custody included three men, aged 22, 24 and 31, who were arrested on suspicion of assault in which their alleged victims sustained serious injuries and a 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of four offences, including assault, breach of an order and assault of an emergency worker.

Police were also involved in dawn raids to locate long-term suspects, including those wanted in connection with violent or weapon related offences. Multiple dangerous weapons were seized during the operation, including a firearm and knuckle duster.

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Firearm seized by Northumbria Police during Operation Net.

Chief Inspector Rob Bosson, said: “This dedicated week of action reinforces Northumbria Police’s ongoing commitment to tackling serious and violent crime.

“Tackling such offences is a priority for the Force and we will do everything we can to keep the streets we all live and work safe.

“I want to reassure the public that we are committed to preventing and disrupting criminal activity and actively target suspects to continue to protect our communities.”

The Police Dog Section, Firearms and the Roads Policing section joined the Northern Area Command to show people that violent crime will not be tolerated in the area.

Firearm seized by Northumbria Police.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness, said: “It’s great to see Northumbria Police take proactive measures to combat violent crime.

“I have made clear that as Police and Crime Commissioner I will be focusing on ways to reduce violent crime across our region, looking at the early interventions that help prevent people picking up a weapon or starting a fight in the first place.

“Alongside this, I’ll continue to ensure our police have the resources they need to target suspects in operations such as this, which are a key part of our efforts to tackle potential offenders.”

Knuckle Dusters seized by Northumbria Police.
A total of 54 arrests were made during Operation Net.
Police carried out a dedicated week of action against violent and dangerous crime.