On yer bike
At a meeting of the Northumberland Police and Community Forum attended by Chief Superintendent Dennet and Inspector Sue Peart, a number of issues were raised. Funding is being sought for outreach workers and youth play teams to work in the area for 14 weeks to help combat the incidences of antisocial behaviour among young people.
There had been some discussion about what merited the label ‘antisocial behaviour’ and it was decided it was a matter of tolerance levels. Police do their best to target hot spots when calls are received.
Speeding on Acklington Road and Percy Drive was a worry, but traffic calming measures need the support of a substantial number of residents. Community speed watch is one option that could be considered here.
The police were commended for their work in the area and the reduction in crime. Community support officer Darren Fawcett was praised for his work with schools and local children. He has been given a bicycle and has now started cycle patrols.