Working to beat crime

Barry Coppinger
Barry Coppinger

POLICE and partner agencies will be out in force in a Hartlepool neighbourhood as part of work to tackle anti-social behaviour.

The region’s new Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger is due to attend the event in the Oxford Road area tomorrow.

It is being staged throughout the day so police and town agencies can speak to residents about any concerns they have about anti-social behaviour or crime.

Mr Coppinger urged people to go along and meet those involved.

He said: “I have made supporting Neighbourhood Policing my number one priority and this is a perfect example of how we need to work with local communities to hear and response to their local concerns.

“It also underlines that the police cannot do it alone and that the key to tackling the issues which affect people’s day-to-day lives is partnership between all the organisations.”

Officers and staff from partner organisations will be in the area to speak to from 10am to 10pm for the event as part of police’s Operation Pledge.

The police command vehicle will be parked at the junction of Shakespeare Avenue and Oxford Road with staff available to speak to on a one-to-one basis.

Staff from Housing Hartlepool will be on hand from 10.30am until 12.30pm to offer support and advice and a member of the anti-social behaviour unit will be available to speak to from 6pm until 9pm.

There will also be a drop in session in the Orb Centre, in Oxford Road, between 1pm and 3pm.

Agencies due to attend include Victim Support, Housing Hartlepool and several teams from Hartlepool Borough Council, including noise nuisance and supported housing, ward councillors from the Burn Valley and Foggy Furze areas and neighbourhood police officers.

PCSO Jamie Swainston, from Hartlepool’s South and Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We are determined to clamp down on anti-social behaviour and crime in the Oxford Road area and will continue to work alongside residents to deal with their local concerns.

“Operation Pledge empowers local residents to come forward and speak-up about what problems they may be experiencing or to find out what is happening in the area that they live.

“Residents will see an increased police presence and a great deal of activity in the area and I urge them to visit us.”