Police have formed a strike force to investigate a spate of break-ins at licensed premises in the Hunter.

Strike Force Restoration is reviewing 50 attempted or actual break-ins across the region over the past 13 months.

Detective Inspector Gary Hutchen from the State Crime Command told reporters this morning they are seeking information from the public on an attempted break-in at the West Wallsend Bowling Club at 1am on Tuesday January 15.
A man smashed the front window of the Carrington Street club but didn’t go inside. A witness told police they saw the man leaving in a car.
The offender is described as being 170cm tall with a medium to solid build and a medium to dark complexion. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black hoodie and a black baseball cap.
Anyone who assist police with their inquiries should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000
Inspector Tony Townsend from the Northern Region Police Command says the spike in break-ins across the Hunter is having a devastating financial and emotional impact on small business owners and their employees.

Detective Inspector Gary Hutchen and Inspector Tony Townsend speak to reporters outside Newcastle Police Station this morning