Two people have been charged after a charity's offices were significantly damaged during an alleged break in. 

At around 9pm last Thursday (June 13), police received a report of two men trying to gain entry to a premises on Springwell Road in Wrekenton, Gateshead, at around 9m on Thursday (June 13).

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: "Officers responded immediately and arrested two men – aged 30 and 34 – after one was found hiding in a wall cavity, while the other was located on the roof of the property.

"A significant amount of damage was caused to the premises in the incident, while a sum of money was also stolen from a cash register."(Image: Northumbria Police)

Following police investigations, the two men were charged with burglary.

The 30-year-old man appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Friday (June 14). Following the hearing, he was released on conditional bail.

The 34-year-old man is due to appear before magistrates next month.

Detective Constable Craig Austin, of Northumbria Police’s Serious Organised and Acquisitive Crime Team, said: “Following the report we received on Thursday evening, our officers immediately attended the scene.

“We’d like to thank those in the local area for their quick-thinking in contacting police so that we could respond.

Most read: 

Stay ahead with every development. Our election coverage brings you insights and updates directly. Save 40% on annual subscriptions starting today! #StayInformed


The Northern Echo:

“I’d also like to praise the officers for their prompt response, which led to us making arrests at the scene.

“I hope this sends out a strong message that we, as a Force, do not tolerate this type of behaviour and I would ask that anyone who sees anything suspicious continues to report this to police.”

Anyone who sees anything suspicious in their community should report it by visiting this link  or contact 101.