Operation Gotham Update

08 Feb 2018 10:40 AM

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A burglar has been jailed after he was arrested by officers following a burglary at the Elder and Wolf in Whitley Bay on December 23, where he targeted bottles of Champagne, gin and tequila.

Michael Thomas Surtees, 30, of no fixed abode, was jailed for 19 weeks.

Neighbourhood Inspector, Michelle Caisley, condemned the incidents and wants to reassure local residents that strong action will be taken.

She said: “This type of crime causes harm to both individuals and businesses within our community and we are delighted one person is already behind barsWe will continue to take robust action against anyone found to be involved in this type of crime in the area. Police are already and will continue to work closely with partners using all powers available to tackle those involved, and prevent re-offending. We actively encourage anyone who is experiencing any issues to contact their local neighbourhood team.”

Operation Gotham was launched to tackle acquisitive crime in Whitley Bay and North Shields, and involves Targeted patrols being carried out throughout these areas in order to identify and deter offenders.

  • This year so far a number of suspected criminals have been charged – and one man has already been sent to prison.
  • A 42-year-old man was charged following a burglary of Nicholson’s butchers, Whitley Bay, where £3,300 was stolen from the premises has been remanded in custody.
  • Two 16-year-old males and one 14-year-old male have also been charged with burglary after intruders broke into the Victoria Court care home, Cullercoats, on January 13 and stole beverages, crockery, and a fire extinguisher.
  •  A 34-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman have been charged following an incident of theft from a motor vehicle in Whitley Bay. The man has also been charged with possession of a knife and assaulting a PC, and is being remanded in custody.

Anyone who wants to report an incident or has any information to provide can do so by calling 101 or reporting online at