Joint force to tackle crime and disorder

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WORK has started to tackle crime and disorder and improve an area of Ashington.

Police and a section of their cadets, along with the county council’s environment services department and housing provider Bernicia, are working together on Operation Scarborough.

The Northumbria Police mounted section patrolled the Hirst area with officers from the neighbourhood policing team, while the Environment Agency removed rubbish graffiti following complaints by local residents.

Police also joined Bernicia to carry out joint tenancy visits.

And the Northumberland police cadets delivered more than 700 crime and anti-social behaviour questionnaires, with a number of residents recruited to the community messaging programme, which keeps people updated about crime-related issues.

Neighbourhood Inspector Barrie Joisce said: “This is a great example of how the police and partners can work together to improve an area.

“Hopefully it will encourage anyone who was worried about reporting a crime or any anti-social behaviour to come forward and tell us.”

Bernicia housing enforcement officer, Stewart Sexton said: “I am pleased that Bernicia can contribute to joint operations such as this.

“Our tenants and the community, can be assured we are dedicated to working with police to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.”