Police probe shed break-in spree

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POLICE are appealing for information after a spate of garden burglaries in three South Tyneside streets in the space of a week.

Overnight between Wednesday, December 3, and Thursday, December 4, eight garages in Caxton Walk, South Shields, were broken into.

Nothing was stolen during the burglaries but a number of the garages were damaged.

A werek earlier - between Thursday, November 27, and Thursday, December 4 - two garages in Edinburgh Road in Jarrow were broken into.

Around £100 worth of tools were stolen during the raids

Another garage in Melbourne Gardens in South Shields was also broken into sometime between 1:50am and 8:45am on Thursday, December 4, and a bike was stolen.

Inquiries are ongoing into the burglaries and police are urging residents in South Tyneside to be on their guard for thieves.

Residents are asked to make sure their garages are always locked and secured.

People are also advised to secure door hinges with coach bolts or non-returnable screws to stop their garage being a target for thieves.

If a garage isn’t adequately secured, residents are urged not to store valuables inside.

The advice is part of Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, an ongoing initiative aimed at tackling thieves and burglars across the force and promoting crime prevention advice to residents.

Anyone with any information into the burglaries is asked to contact police in South Tyneside on 101 ext 69191 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Crime prevention advice can be found on the Northumbria Police website at www.northumbria.police.uk/crimeprevention.