THOUSANDS of pounds of money, property and drugs has been recovered in police raids across Northumberland.
Sixteen people were arrested in the operation when officers executed warrants in Lynemouth, Bedlington, Ashington, Blyth and Ovingham, targeting those suspected of offending.
Property seized included money, a 40 inch flat screen television, bikes, jewellery, ornaments, sim cards and drugs, including heroin, cannabis and cocaine.
Officers are trying to identify the stolen property and trace the owners.
People were arrested on suspicion of a range of offences, including burglary, handling stolen goods, drugs offences, abstracting electricity and obtaining services by deception.
Northumberland Chief Inspector Peter Reeve said: “This high profile, intelligence-led action is aimed at disrupting criminals and reassuring our communities.
“We make no apologies for targeting those believed to be linked to crime and promise to keep putting relentless pressure on suspected criminals living in Northumberland.
“Burglary is a distressing offence for a victim. Knowing someone has been inside your house and through your personal belongings is horrible and that’s why it’s one of our priorities. We’re targeting offenders, making arrests and doing all we can to ensure burglaries are kept to a minimum.”
Chief Insp Reeve also urged residents to help the fight against crime.
“We need the public’s help,” he said.
“We need residents to think about crime prevention and what they can do to make life difficult for thieves and burglars. Lock doors and windows and make sure sheds and garages, and vehicles, are secure at all times.
“Report suspicious people, vehicles and behaviour to us and tell us what’s going on where you live.”
Anyone with information about crime should contact police on 101, ext 69191, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.