Police helicopter scrambled over Hebburn as two suspected burglars arrested following shipyard break-in

Two suspected burglars were chased down following a break in at a Hebburn shipyard.

Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, 2:41 pm

Shortly before 1.30am today (Wednesday, December 2) officers were called to A & P Tyne, off Wagonway Road, following a report of a burglary.

It was reported that offenders had gained access to a large warehouse and were still believed to be at the scene.

The police helicopter was also called to the incident.

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Two men have been arrested following a break in at a Hebburn shipyard
Two men have been arrested following a break in at a Hebburn shipyard

A team of officers were swiftly deployed and in position within eight minutes – but the intruders were not willing to give themselves up easily and leapt over a boundary fence in a bid for freedom.

But their escape proved short-lived as officers quickly caught up with the suspects, one of whom was found to be in possession of a lock knife and a suspected air weapon.

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Two men – aged 34 and 18 – were arrested on suspicion of burglary and currently remain in police custody.

Chief Inspector Paul Walters has heaped praise on all the officers involved, including the National Police Air Service (NPAS) and the Force’s Dog Section who helped successfully track and detain the suspects.

“This was an excellent piece of teamwork to achieve a positive outcome,” Ch Insp Walters said. “After being alerted to the break-in, our officers were at the scene within a matter of minutes and set up a cordon around the site.

“That meant any intruders had nowhere to hide, and while two suspects tried to make off over a fence, our officers were more than up to that challenge.

“I’d like to thank everyone who attended this incident, including our colleagues at NPAS and within our Operations Department. It was a real team effort that has resulted in two men being brought into custody.

“I hope this swift and decisive action offers reassurance to our businesses in the region – we will use every tactic at our disposal to respond to any reported break-ins and ultimately ensure the people believed to be responsible are arrested and ultimately brought to justice.”

Anyone who sees something suspicious in their community is asked to report it to police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of the force’s website or by calling 101.

In an emergency or if a crime is happening, ring 999.

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