Working to better our communities

KEEPING communities safe and protecting the public is a massive task to undertake.

And that is why Northumbrian Water is sponsoring the Pride of Northumberland Safer Community award.

Bogus callers pretending to be officials from utility companies can scam hundreds and even thousands of pounds from unsuspecting and vulnerable members of the public.

But Northumbrian Water’s campaign to crack down on this kind of crime highlights the importance and tough job people do to keep our towns and villages free from unsafe activities.

More than 50 per cent of bogus callers pose as water company employees.

Northumbrian Water’s Cara Hall said: “These callous conmen prey on the elderly and vulnerable and can devastate lives.

“We work closely with the police through their regional Operation Strongbow initiative to help protect our customers by raising awareness and sharing best practice and information with relevant companies.

“We also have practical things that people can do to protect themselves and their property, like registering a password.

“Anyone from Northumbrian Water who needs access in to a customer’s home will know this word.”

If you think you know someone or may be a group of people who deserve to be recognised for making your community a safe place to live or work then put them forward for the Pride of Northumberland Awards.

Organised by Northeast Press, publishers of the News Post Leader and sister papers the Morpeth Herald, Northumberland Gazette and Tweeddale Press’s Berwick Advertiser alongside Metro Radio, the awards put those who deserve to be recognised in the limelight.

There are ten categories in total, including Child of Courage and Child of Achievement, which are open to the under-16s and highlight youngsters’ bravery and courage and their willingness to shine.

There are also adult categories for Fundraiser of the Year, Community Champion, Community Group, Role Model, Green Champion, Student of Year and Sporting Achievement.

Three nominations for each category will be short-listed with the winners revealed at a glittering ceremony at Alnwick Garden on Thursday, September 15.

To nominate your local heroes fill in the form on this page and return it to Pride of Northumberland, Northumberland Gazette, 32 Bondgate Without, Alnwick, NE66 1PN.

Or enter online at or on the awards’ Facebook page.