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Two teenage boys have been charged with conspiracy to steal motorcycles after being arrested during dawn raids in Newcastle and Gateshead. Ten people - eight men and two women - were originally arrested.

The police team seized a haul of property - including motorcycles, quad bikes and parts - in the combined swoop on addresses in the North-East. The team built up a detailed picture of the suspects by gathering intelligence and carrying out covert surveillance before executing the raids early on Tuesday 1 October.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Knox said: “We would ask bike owners to ensure their vehicle is secure. Even a simple disc lock can deter them.

"If you know anyone who has stolen a motorcycle or is riding in an anti-social manner then we need you to do the right thing and inform the police."