Woman arrested after theft of charity collection tin from Newcastle Civic Centre

Newcastle Civic Centre.
Newcastle Civic Centre. -Credit:Newcastle Chronicle

A woman has been arrested after the theft of a charity collection tin in the centre of Newcastle.

Just before 11am on Thursday (May 9) police received a report that a charity box for a North East hospice had been stolen from the reception of Newcastle Civic Centre.

A 35-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of theft in Eldon Gardens less than two hours later, by officers working as part of the Newcastle City Safe project. The woman was released on bail pending further enquiries.

Chief Superintendent Barrie Joisce, of Northumbria Police, said: "We want Newcastle city centre to be the best it can be in remaining a great place for people to visit, whether that’s for work or leisure and that’s why we will continue to identify and take action against those we suspect to be committing crime.

"Although we will be targeting key offenders, another strand to the project is that we offer appropriate support to vulnerable people in our society, so that they can be helped in the best way possible."