Teenager charged after North Shields night of crime

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The teenagers entered homes on different streets in a night of crime

An 18-year-old has been charged with burglary after a night of crime that targeted homes in North Shields.

The spate of incidents took place in the early hours of Saturday, June 11 this year on Garrick Close and Alston Close in the North Tyneside town.

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On both occasions, an offender is believed to have tried to unlawfully gain access to the premises via a front door and a garage but left empty-handed.

A vehicle parked on Alston Close was also targeted, with a pair of sunglasses swiped from the compartment beneath the steering wheel.

Enquiries have been ongoing since the series of incidents, and the teenager has now been charged with two counts of burglary as well as theft from a motor vehicle.

Superintendent Paul Stewart, of Northumbria Police, said: “Burglary is an incredibly intrusive crime and it simply will not be tolerated in our region.

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Alston Close - one of the roads targeted (Image: Google Streetview)Alston Close - one of the roads targeted (Image: Google Streetview)
Alston Close - one of the roads targeted (Image: Google Streetview) | Google Streetview

“We have dedicated burglary teams across Northumbria that are tasked with reviewing every break-in, identifying perpetrators and working closely with our neighbourhood teams tackle hotspot areas.

“A range of enquiries have been carried out into this particular spate of incidents in North Shields, and an 18-year-old man is now due to appear before the courts charged in connection with them.

“I would like to reassure our communities that work is happening every single day to target burglars and thieves who look to prey on others, and we are determined to ensure that effective justice is served.”

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