MP says police presence in towns is vital

Calls have been made for a police presence to stay in both Blyth and Cramlington to help reduce crime figures.

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell says it is vital Northumbria Police stays in both towns despite plans in place to close both police stations in the towns and move to a smaller presence.

Mr Campbell believes there are suitable sites to move to in Blyth but is concerned where a police presence could be in Cramlington, which would have a knock-on affect for surrounding areas including Seghill and Seaton Delaval.

He was speaking after latest figures showed a drop in crime in both towns, with crime down five per cent in Blyth (497 offences) between April and July while it is down 20 per cent in Cramlington (278) compared to the same period in 2013.

Mr Campbell said: “It’s very important that these townships have a police presence.

“These figures prove if we’ve got police on the ground we will cut crime.

“Cramlington is my biggest worry. I hope this won’t leave a big town without a police presence.

“We don’t need a big station, just somewhere to park the police cars and for people to pop in.”