Recognise anyone? – police release 22 CCTV images of people they want to speak to

POLICE have released CCTV images of people who may be able to help solve crimes in South Tyneside.

The images relate to 23 crimes, mainly thefts, and officers are asking the public to help identify those pictured as it’s hoped they may have information that can help with enquiries.

The release of the photos is part of Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, which is aimed at tackling crimes such as theft and burglary across the force.

Superintendent Sav Patsalos, of South Tyneside Area Command, said: “Extensive enquiries have been carried out into these offences and we’re asking for the public’s help to identify the people pictured as they may be able to help us with our investigations.

“While these may seem to be lower level crimes, tackling those involved in theft and related offences remains a priority for South Tyneside as these crimes have a detrimental effect on our communities and businesses.

“A key part of Operation Soundwave is ensuring people have crime prevention advice and a number of these crimes have been after property has been left behind in public places or supermarkets.

“I’d urge people to take a few moments to make sure they have all of their property - mobile phones, bags, any cashback they’ve requested - before leaving a public area.”

If you recognise someone who is pictured, contact Northumbria Police on 101 (ext 69191). Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111.