‘Report it to sort it’, urges Vera
Published at 07:41, Wednesday, 21 August 2013
POLICE say the problems caused by speeding drivers and anti-social behaviour are being tackled by officers across Tynedale.
And Northumbria’s police and crime commissioner Vera Baird is urging more people to come forward and report any concerns so action can be taken.
The force says it is working with partners to deal with speeding issues.
With support from the fire service, bright yellow warning signs have already been placed at collision hotspots throughout the district.
With hard-hitting slogans such as “To die for” and “Speed kills”, the signs have gone up on Corbridge Road and West Road in Hexham, as well as on the A6079 between Acomb and Chollerford.
On the A695 at Riding Mill officers have used an interactive speed sign together with a hand held detection device to monitor vehicles and deal with speeding motorists.
In Prudhoe local residents have also raised concerns about youth anti-social behaviour at the Co-op in Oakfield Terrace and police have taken a number of steps to tackle that.
Mrs Baird said: “Rural Northumberland rightfully has a reputation as a beautiful area with low crime levels, but like everywhere else still has pockets of anti-social behaviour.
“It’s encouraging that police and partners are taking action to address community concerns and I want more people to come forward and let the force know if they’ve got issues which need addressing.
“By letting us know about anti-social behaviour we can ensure the right action is taken.”
The call forms part of Northumbria Police's “Report it, to sort it” campaign, which is a force wide initiative to encourage people to report anti-social behaviour.
East Tynedale acting neighbourhood inspector Mick Stephenson said: “The neighbourhood policing team has stepped up patrols around the Co-op and confiscated alcohol from anyone under age or involved in anti-social behaviour.
“Any young people or others identified as hanging around the Co-op have their names and addresses taken.
“If they are found to be involved in anti-social behaviour letters are sent to the young people’s parents to raise the issue with the family.
“Youth outreach workers from Prudhoe East Centre are also operating in the area to engage with young people and offer them alternative activities.”
To report anti-social behaviour call police on 101. In an emergency ring 999.
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
This week in... 1972Friday, December 15, 1972...
STAFF at five hospitals in the Tynedale area walked out during a strike over pay.
Hexham General, Hexham War Memorial, Haltwhistle War Memorial, Wooley Sanatorium and Prudhoe hospitals, were all affected after the National Union of Public Employees called out their members.
Ancillary staff, including porters, cooks, telephone operators and boilermen joined the 12-hour stoppage with some NUPE members taking part in a protest march in Newcastle.