Three men have been jailed after a series of shoplifting offences.
The thefts took place on Monday between 2.45pm and 7.40pm at five Co-Op stores in Haltwhistle, Newcastle, Lynemouth, Widdrington and Hadston and involved stolen alcohol and Nurofen tablets.
Three men were arrested as they fled over the border into Scotland and appeared before magistrates in Bedlington yesterday.
Marian Stirbescu, 28, of Palmerston Road, London, was charged with conspiracy to commit theft and was jailed for eight weeks.
Ioan Doroftei, 35, of Dalmarnock Drive, Glasgow, was charged with conspiracy to commit theft and was jailed for six weeks.
Adrian Trusca, 23, of Aberfoyle Street, Glasgow, was charged with conspiracy to commit theft and was jailed for seven weeks.
Northumberland Superintendent Mick Paterson said: “We will not tolerate travelling gangs coming into our area and committing offences.
“As these result show, we acted immediately to reports of shoplifting offences, made three arrests and got the three men before the courts and jailed within 24 hours.
“This should send a very clear message to others who might consider targeting businesses in our area that they will pay a high price for breaking the law in our communities.”