A new neighbourhood base for police officers has opened in Cramlington.
The new office in Manor Walks Shopping Centre replaces the old premises in Forum Way.
Neighbourhood police officers moved into their new base – which will be open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm – on Wednesday.
Members of the public can call in to report a crime, ask for crime prevention advice, or arrange to meet an officer to discuss any local policing issues.
Vera Baird QC, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner and chairman of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, said: “These new premises are in a busy location which is easy for people to access and best meets the needs of the local community.
“Through public consultation, local residents have told us that being at the heart of the shopping centre is an ideal location. All savings made from this move will be reinvested back into policing.”
Chief Superintendent Sharon Stavers said: “There are large numbers of local people and visitors coming to Manor Walks Shopping Centre which makes it an ideal place for our neighbourhood team to be based. Our officers have also spoken to local people and businesses who tell us they support the move.”
Following the re-location, Cramlington police station will be put up for sale and the proceeds from it put back into policing.
l Police in Cramlington are holding a free bike marking event at CJ Performance Cycles on High Pit Road on Saturday, December 3, from 2pm to 4.30pm. Officers will security log bikes and encourage people to register with www.immobilise.com
This means once registered, a bike - or other valuable item - can be returned to its rightful owner if lost or stolen then recovered by police.
Cyclists will also be offering visitors crime prevention advice.
Police Community Support Officer Barry Elliott said: “I’d encourage people to take advantage of the event, as we know that bike marking not only acts as a deterrent to thieves, it can also see lost or stolen cycles returned to their rightful owner if we do recover them.
“I’d also remind people not to leave their bike unattended, even for just a few minutes and to ask people to keep their bike locked.
“These sessions are a great opportunity for local people to benefit from free bike marking, which is a simple but effective crime prevention measure.
“People are welcome to bring along their older bikes or any new ones they’ve bought as part of their Christmas shopping, we can cater for bikes of all ages.
“Events such as this are helping people to protect their property and playing a big part in helping to prevent crime.”