Keep an eye on coast

Left to right,  Maria Murphy, Countryside Service, Durham County Council, Susan Charlton, Durham County Council Chair's Consort, Niall Benson, Heritage Coast Officer, PCSO Ian Goodwin, Durham Constabulary, Blackhall, Cllr Pauline Charlton, Chair, Durham County Council, Kate Horne, National Trust
Left to right, Maria Murphy, Countryside Service, Durham County Council, Susan Charlton, Durham County Council Chair's Consort, Niall Benson, Heritage Coast Officer, PCSO Ian Goodwin, Durham Constabulary, Blackhall, Cllr Pauline Charlton, Chair, Durham County Council, Kate Horne, National Trust
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A NEW scheme to protect the beauty of Durham’s Heritage Coast has been launched.

Durham Coast Watch brings together everyone with an interest in the area, beginning with the people who live and visit there, along with Durham Police, Durham County Council and landowners like the National Trust and Durham Wildlife Trust.

It aims to help reduce the environmental crime, anti-social behaviour and vandalism.

Inspector David Coxon, from Peterlee Police, said: “Unfortunately, from time to time, anyone enjoying the Durham Coast may also see the results of crime or anti-social behaviour.

“That’s something we’re all keen to reduce and why Coast Watch is needed. Things have improved tremendously in recent years and we’re asking local people and visitors for their help so we can make things better still.

“Working in partnership through Coast Watch, we aim to increase awareness of the damage caused and ensure visiting the Durham Coast is a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.”

The Coast Watch team would like to hear from anyone who has seen criminal activity or anti-social behaviour, or its resulting damage, including fly-tipping, badger baiting, illegal vehicle use, airguns, hunting and fires.

Coast Watch operates along the whole of the Durham Heritage Coast and covers the car parks, paths, the ‘beach banks’ and nature reserves.

To report damage caused by anti-social behaviour or crime, or for more information about how to get involved with Coast Watch, please call 03000 268131.