FOUR people have been arrested after a car was stolen from a pub car park in South Tyneside.
The theft happened just after 4.20pm, on Sunday, June 8, at the Marsden Inn, in Marsden Lane, South Shields.
The car owner left his keys on an outside table while he went into the pub.
The keys were picked up and the vehicle was stolen. However, it was recovered a short distance away in Farding Square.
Police have arrested four men, two aged 23, a 22-year-old and 20-year-old, on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle. All four have been bailed pending further inquiries.
Police are urging any witnesses or anyone with information about the theft to contact them.
People can contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 903 08/06/14, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Operation Soundwave, the forcewide campaign tackling opportunist thieves, is continuing across the Northumbria Police force area. Officers are urging people to follow crime prevention advice to avoid becoming a victim of crime.
Crime prevention advice can be found by visiting the Northumbria Police website, www.northumbria.police.uk