Safety support and advice on offer

PEOPLE can drop in for safety advice at three events next week.

Residents in the north of Hartlepool will get the chance to speak to a number of organisations who will offer support and advice at the sessions.

Staff from Hartlepool Borough Council, Cleveland Police, Cleveland Fire Brigade, Victim Support, Hartlepool Anti-Social Behaviour Unit, Housing Hartlepool and Home Housing will all be there. People will also get the chance to buy security devices and sign up to a neighbourhood watch service which alerts members to crime trends in their area.

The first event will take place in Chatham House, in Chatham Road, Hartlepool, on Monday, October 17.

Another will be held in the Wharton Annexe, in Wharton Terrace, in the town on Tuesday, October 18, and people can also attend a session at West View Library, in Hartlepool’s Miers Avenue, on Thursday, October 20.

All three events will take place from 10am-11.30am.

Ann Callaghan, Hartlepool Borough Council’s neighbourhood development officer for the north of the town, said: “Our research has shown that while actual crime has fallen in many places, that is not always the perception of residents.

“In fact, fear of crime continues to be a major problem.

“By staging these drop-in events, we aim to reassure people and build public confidence by giving them a chance to seek help and advice in a relaxed and informal setting.”

The event has been funded by the North Joint Action Group, which brings together a range of agencies to solve neighbourhood problems.

Victim Support and Housing Hartlepool have also provided backing.