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City centre operation reaps results

Dated: 10 Jan 2018 10:16 AM

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Police in Sunderland City Centre made 27 arrests and issued 51 dispersal notices last month, as they carried out their annual initiative aimed at keeping the city centre safer in the run up to Christmas.

In December, Sunderland Central Neighbourhood Policing Team launched Operation Kraken and in one month dealt with 85 incidents, made 27 arrests and issued 51 dispersal notices – dispersal notices direct people causing anti-social behaviour away from an area for a period of time.

This year the team worked closely with the Bridges Shopping Centre and Sunderland BID who offered their support in working together to make a safer city centre.

Sunderland Central’s Neighbourhood Sergeant Maria Ord said: “With the support of the Bridges Shopping Centre and Sunderland BID we were able to make the city centre even safer for shoppers in the run up to Christmas.

“Working in partnership with other organisations is really important to us and we’re incredibly grateful for the support that both the shopping centre and Sunderland BID gave us and would like to thank them for their assistance.

“Operation Kraken has now come to an end but our work to make the city centre even safer continues and we will continue to do all we can, working with our partners, throughout the year to tackle any crime and anti-social behaviour issues that may arise.

“We’ll be carrying out regular patrols throughout the city centre and I really would urge people to stop us and speak to us, even if it’s just to say hello!”