POLICE have made arrests following a crime crackdown in a Northumberland town.
Officers in Ashington launched Operation Saxon last month following an increase in incidents in the area.
And the blitz on vandalism, burglary and car crime is today continuing.
The latest suspects to be arrested in the crackdown include:
A 33-year-old woman was held for criminal damage after a window was smashed on Seventh Avenue. She has now been bailed.
A 25-year-old man was charged with three counts of vehicle interference, three thefts from motor vehicles and an attempted burglary, while men aged 20 and 19 were charged with a burglary, at Elder Square.
A 24-year-old man was arrested following a robbery which happened on Front Street in Newbiggin, while men aged 20 and 19 were charged with a burglary at College Place.
And a 36-year-old man was arrested and bailed for vehicle interference after police received reports of a man trying car door handles in Ryder Walk.
Operation Saxon involves the use of high visibility police patrols, along with undercover officers in plain clothes.
Northumbria Police’s Neighbourhood Inspector for the area, Barrie Joisce, said: “Operation Saxon is already reaping rewards with a number of people arrested and charged on suspicion of offences.
“There is an increased visible presence in the town and this has helped to prevent offences and ensure residents have the right crime prevention advice.
“When offences do take place, we’re being alerted quickly and have been able to get to the scene and make arrests. This shows how important it is when people see something suspicious to make sure they alert us at the earliest opportunity.
“A focal point of the operation remains crime prevention to ensure people are protecting their property by removing items from show from cars and making sure cars, homes and outbuildings are locked and secure. The initiative is having a positive impact and this will continue over the coming weeks.”