Cracking down on town’s top issues

Volunteer Police cadets in Blyth help carry out resident surveys.
Volunteer Police cadets in Blyth help carry out resident surveys.

Police in Northumberland have visited residents in Blyth in an operation to crack down on anti-social behaviour.

The activity forms part of Operation Merlin – a targeted campaign which aims to address the issues which affect residents the most and protect the vulnerable in the community.

On Sunday, officers from the Blyth Neighbourhood Policing Team were joined by volunteer police cadets and key partners as they visited 276 properties in the Cowpen Quay area and spoke with residents to find out their concerns.

Officers and partners were able to carry out 85 resident surveys and identified that fly tipping, littering, dog fouling, loud music, speeding drivers and street lighting issues were the areas of most concern.

Neighbourhood Inspector Grant Dawson said: “The aim of the day of engagement was to gather intelligence from the community and speak candidly with residents to make sure we are targeting the right people and in the right areas.

“It was also an opportunity for residents to meet some of the officers from our neighbourhood team and be assured we are doing everything we can to make the community even safer.”

Coun Kath Nisbet, chairman of Improving Croft and Cowpen Quay, added: “Working in partnership with the police and the local community ensure areas of concern in Blyth are tackled.

“By coming together in this way we can get to grips with issues before they become a problem.”

“We’re looking forward to getting feedback from the area and hearing local people’s views.”