Business as usual for police

POLICE were working hard on Christmas Day “like Santa” to catch burglars.

Hartlepool Police have recently made four arrests in a crackdown on thieves who target homes as part of their Yuletide operations.

And they have vowed to carry on their efforts throughout the holidays as burglaries can be a problem during the Christmas period due to the dark, long nights and expensive presents.

Detective Chief Inspector Jon Green, of Hartlepool Police, said: “The arrests made, and the arrests that we will continue to make over the Christmas period, serve notice that its business as usual for police in Hartlepool. Like Santa, we were hard at work on Christmas Day.”

All four men were arrested on suspicion of burglary during morning raids on Thursday, December 20.

A 28-year-old man was recalled to prison, a 40-year-old man was bailed pending further inquiries and a 30-year-old and an 18-year-old were released with no further action.

Det Chf Insp Green added: “We want people to enjoy the festive period and that includes making sure we do everything we can to reduce the number of victims of crime. Burglary in particular is a crime that can have a lasting effect on its victims and that’s why we will relentlessly pursue those who break into peoples homes.

“We have had great success in reducing the number of house burglary crimes in recent years, but that only makes us more determined to reduce crime further still.”

The Mail has carried out a series of articles on how police are targeting criminals who could use the festive period to their own advantage.

Operations are being carried out to tackle domestic violence, drink-related crime, drink driving, shoplifting and burglary.

Police are also appealing for the public to help them this Christmas by reporting any suspicious activity on the non-emergency 101 number.