Suspected car criminals were targeted yesterday in a day long operation right across Redcar and Cleveland. Vehicle thefts, break-ins and interferences have been increasing in the District and officers aimed to detect previous crimes and reduce the number of future crimes. Using intelligence they had gathered, and following up on recent incidents and stop checks in Eston, South Bank, Grangetown, Redcar and East Cleveland, officers made an early start from Kirkleatham Police Office, arresting eight suspects from towns and villages across the District. Those arrested were all male and aged from 16 to 46 years. Four of the men were later released without charge and four have been bailed pending further enquiries. DC Neil Coaker of Redcar& Cleveland CID said: “The operation was a success.It demonstrates that police are committed to reducing the amount of vehicle crime and associated offences within Redcar & Cleveland. “I would like to thank members of the public for the information they gave to police – this has helped us effect these arrests.” DC Coaker went on to say that the cost to society arising from vehicle crime is high in both fi nancial and in human terms. He added that people committing this type of crime are also likely to commit other criminal offences and to be involved in drug misuse. Motorists are reminded to lock their vehicles and to remove any valuables such as laptops, sat navs, mobile phones and handbags every time they leave them.
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