Seventeen people have been arrested as part of a crackdown on crime and anti-social behaviour in Sunderland.
Last year Sunderland North Neighbourhood Policing Team in partnership with Sunderland City Council launched Operation Ridley aimed at targeting anti-social behaviour.
The focus of the operation was in the north of the city after a spate of incidents – including fireworks thrown at emergency services on bonfire night.
Since the launch of the initiative, 17 arrests have been made for a variety of offences including public order offences, arson, discharge of fireworks in public places, drugs supply, fraud and evasion of custom duty.
In addition, 70,000 fake cigarettes smuggled from abroad have been recovered by police along with two cars and a motorbike used in criminal activity and £3,000 believed to be from the proceeds of crime has also been seized.
A range of other activities have included multi agency patrols to increase reassurance, deep clean of untidy areas, deployment of 4G cameras and education in schools.
And as part of the Local Multi Agency Problem Solving Group (LMAPS) two households have been subject to tenancy action with more to follow.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird QC has said she is determined to tackle anti-social behaviour.
She said: “I am absolutely determined that anti-social behaviour is tackled head on. Operation Ridley shows that Northumbria Police are working hard to target and arrest offenders.”
“Northumbria Police will continue to do everything within their power to ensure those who commit such crimes are brought before the courts. Operations such as this will continue throughout the year across the force area”
Sunderland North Neighbourhood Inspector Don Wade said: “Operation Ridley demonstrates our commitment to tackling offenders who think they are above the law and can act with impunity and sends out a clear message that we will not tolerate their behaviour in our communities.”
“Last year I made a promise to the local community that we would tackle those suspected of being responsible in this criminal and anti-social behaviour and I hope they feel reassured that this action has followed up on my promise to them.