Sleigh bells will be ringing out loud and clear for burglars this Christmas as St Nicked comes to town.
Northumbria Police has launched Operation Sleigh, which is a concerted crackdown on burglars and acquisitive crime in the run-up to Christmas.
They will be targeting suspected burglars and those suspected of burglary and acquisitive crime, such as theft offences.
Supt Paul Milner said: “We know burglary has a huge impact on our communities and it is important they know it is a priority for us and we are determined to disrupt and restrict the criminal behaviour of those we suspect are involved.”
Supt Andy Huddleston, Northern Area Command, added: “We are stepping up work with our communities to prevent burglaries and target those who seek to steal and ruin others celebrations.”