Sixty of Tyneside’s most wanted fugitives have been arrested by police in the space of five days.
Intelligence officers spent significant time pulling together a picture on those most wanted in the region.
Working alongside key partners, officers and the force’s Central Harm Reduction Team were able to identify where the suspects were staying.
From last Monday, response officers were joined by officers from Motor Patrols and the Dog Section to conduct searches for fugitives on the run across Tyneside.
And now detectives have revealed that the activity saw 60 people arrested for a range of unsolved crimes including burglary, assault and drugs offences.
Out of the 60 people arrested, 55 are men and five are women. A number of those detained were escorted directly to the next available court.
Chief Inspector Kelly Hetherington praised the efforts of officers and also sent a message out to other fugitives across the region.
She said: “These fugitives had been identified as some of the highest risk suspects in our region and I am delighted that so many have been arrested.
“They have been purposely avoiding police and it is thanks to the tenacity of officers working on Operation Bastion that they have been brought into custody.
“We have had support from Departments across the Force, as well as our Special Constables who have volunteered their own time to come in and search for these individuals.
“We have also had some fantastic support from our partners in Newcastle and Gateshead and I want to extend my thanks to them.
“This may well have been a week of activity but I want fugitives in our region to know that we will never stop looking for you.
“You should always be looking over your shoulder and always be expecting a knock on your door – it’s only a matter of time before we find you.”
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of an individual who is wanted by police can contact officers by calling 101.
You can also report online at the ‘Tell Us Something’ pages of the Northumbria Police website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to report information anonymously you can do so by calling independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.