Patrols stepped up after break-ins

POLICE patrols are stepping up around Northumberland pubs following a series of break-ins.

Several burglaries have been reported in recent weeks, with thieves stealing cash from slot machines.

The Herald reported last week that The Badger pub in Ponteland had been targeted, causing damage to a door, but nothing was taken.

Superintendent Mick Paterson, of Northumberland Area Command, said: “Officers are linking in and working very closely with licensees around checking their premises last thing at night and improving their security.

“We have dedicated patrols checking pubs throughout the night, throughout the county, and have a dedicated operation running where we routinely stop vehicles in and around Northumberland’s rural areas.

“If anyone sees any suspicious behaviour in and around any pub in Northumberland, or in the pub car parks, especially around closing time, they should report it immediately to police.”

Anyone with any information about a burglary should contact police on 101. If they suspect a crime is being committed they should dial 999.