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North East police join together to swoop on criminals

POLICE Raid 6

9:50am 17th July 2017
(Updated 3:08pm 17th July 2017)

Three of our regions police forces are working together to begin a 2 week operation.

It'll be targeting foreign national offenders.

Northumbria, Durham and Cleveland will join forces with Immigration Enforcement, Border Force and the North East Regional Special Operations Unit.

Throughout the fortnight there will be a range of activity taking place across the North East.

The law enforcement agencies in our region have today (Monday) launched a multi-agency operation called Kestrel.

Under Operation Kestrel - they will carry out disruption activity across the region targeting those involved in criminality in the North East.

Activity will target those involved in minor offences right through to serious and organised crime to send a clear message to offenders and wider communities that the region will not tolerate crime.

Northumbria Police's Assistant Chief Constable Helen McMillan is leading the activity.

"The majority of people who come from abroad to live in the UK are honest, law abiding citizens and we welcome the diversity and value that brings to our communities. Unfortunately, there will always be a minority who choose to be unlawful whether that be for financial gain or simple disregard for the law."

"The purpose of Operation Kestrel and this two-week activity is to target the minority who purposefully come to the UK to flout the law or commit crime while they are here, and as we would with any criminals, we are joining forces with our partners to provide a robust and proportionate response and utilise the powers that we have as law enforcement agencies to make the region even safer."

"During this activity we will also be focussing on any UK citizens and foreign nationals who may be a vulnerable victim of these criminals with our priority to safeguard and protect those who may be a victim of modern day slavery and human trafficking."

“Our diverse communities across the North East live side by side with harmonious community relations right across the region and it is the very small minority who engage in criminal activity and those who do will be dealt with robustly by law enforcement agencies."

So far, to launch the activity this morning,12 people have been arrested on suspicion of modern day slavery offences at addresses in the West End of Newcastle. An address was also targeted in Consett.

                                                                                                                                               Regular patrols will be carried out throughout the two weeks in areas affected by disruption activity to offer reassurance to any concerned residents.


                                                                                                                                               

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