Crime campaign on streets

A CAMPAIGN against crime and anti-social behaviour will take to the streets tomorrow night.

Police officers, PCSOs and special constables will be stationed in Sheriff Street, in Hartlepool, along with Hartlepool Borough Council’s Noise Nuisance Team, Selective Licensing Team, the Anti-social Behaviour Unit and the Enforcement Team, and charity staff from Victim Support.

The increased presence in the area – called Operation Pledge – is part of a plan to further tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and to reassure residents that help is at hand.

Police officers, PCSOs and specials will be carrying out extra patrols while the rest of the teams will be positioned in a command vehicle that will be parked near to Lynnfield School.

Residents are being urged to visit the vehicle between the hours of 5pm and 10pm - when there is usually an increase in crime in the area - and speak with staff and police about their concerns and priorities for the area.

PCSO Yasmin Calvert, of the local neighbourhood policing team, said: “A great deal of positive work has already taken place to address issues within the Victoria Ward but this initiative goes one step further in dealing with local concerns proactively.”

Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond, chairman of the Safer Hartlepool Partnership, said: “Previous Operation Pledge initiatives held around the town have proved really successful and I would urge residents living in this area to come forward and discuss their concerns with us.”