Police make arrest in Jesmond car vandalism case

Northumbria Police have arrested a man in connection with the recent vehicle damages in Jesmond.

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In the past two weeks more than 30 cars across Jesmond, in particular on Larkspur Terrace, Coniston Avenue and West Jesmond Avenue, have been vandalised causing significant damage.

In response, the police have tolled out a new operation since last week, in an effort to prevent further incidents and attempt to identify the culprit. Letters were also handed out to local residents in an attempt to raise awareness for the recent spate of crimes.

At 6.20am on Monday 5th March police arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of criminal damage and he is currently in custody helping with enquiries.

Neighbourhood Inspector, Louise Cass-Williams, said: “Our priority throughout has been identifying a suspect in relation to these offences and preventing further damage from taking place.

“These offences have caused great anger and frustration amongst residents and we’ve been doing everything possible as part of an operation into the incidents.

“A man was arrested by officers on Monday morning in connection with the damages and he is currently in custody. We’re ensuring the community is kept up to date with the progress of the investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101 ext 69191, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Callers to Crimestoppers could be eligible for a cash reward.

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