Quad bikes returned after police operation

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Police tackling rural crime continue to carry out activity to combat criminals across Northumberland.

On Saturday, September 12, police carried out proactive patrols in the rural areas of the sector to prevent and detect crime, gather intelligence and ressure the community in the area.

As part of the activity officers carried out a search at a premises in Morpeth where three Honda quad bikes believed to have been stolen were seized. They have now been returned to their owners.

The latest activity comes as part of Operation Ghillie, an operation run by Alnwick neighbourhood policing team to combat rural crime in Northumberland.

Alnwick Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Truscott said: “Tackling rural crime is a key priority for us and are committed to doing everything we can to target criminals who operate in our area. We’re using a combination of tactics to take action against those involved in rural crime, and to prevent offences from happening in the first place.

“We’re committed to doing everything possible to ensure the county remains a safe place and it’s important we work closely with our partners and the community to make it difficult for criminals. I’d like to say thanks for the support we continue to get from local businesses and the community in reporting information about suspicious activity and vehicles and I’d encourage them to continue to speak to their local officers.

“Rural Northumberland is a vast area and unfortunately thieves will travel long distances to look for opportunities to steal such as sheds, homes and outbuildings left insecure or property such as tractors, trailers and quad bikes left unattended in field. It’s important residents, landowners and the farming community continue to help us and themselves by protecting their homes, businesses and properties from thieves.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said: “This is a great example of proactive policing from Northumbria Police. Tackling rural crime is very much a priority for me and our officers are working hard to stop criminals in their tracks.

“Northumbria has large rural areas and I fully understand the impact this crime has on the communities within them. These communities have my commitment that Northumbria Police will continue to work with partners to reduce crime and support these more remote neighbourhoods. I encourage anyone who sees anything suspicious to report it so our officers can take appropriate action.”