Crimefighters praised for clearing up stray horses in Seaton Carew

AWARD WINNERS: Operation Cubit's PC Graeme Richardson and PCSO Andrew Douglas
AWARD WINNERS: Operation Cubit's PC Graeme Richardson and PCSO Andrew Douglas

AN ANTI-SOCIAL behaviour tackling team has been praised during a police force’s community awards night.

Operation Cubit has seen agencies working together across Hartlepool to tackle the issue of stray horses being left around the Seaton Carew area.

And their efforts were hailed during the Cleveland Community Safety Awards, an evening organised by the police force to celebrate officers, agencies and members of the public who have made a difference.

The Hartlepool team won the award for Community Safety Contribution to Tackling Anti-social Behaviour after carrying out work to remove animals that can pose a risk to the public.

It involved the police, Hartlepool Borough Council and animal welfare agencies, working together to tackle the problem.

The award citation added: “Liaison with local landowners and responsible horse owners was also a key part of the operation, which has seen a significant reduction in calls”.

Speaking after the night at Teesside University, Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “The awards were devised to celebrate our officers, our partners and members of the public who go that extra mile in their local communities. These are the unsung heroes of our communities, the people that really make a difference. Congratulations to all the nominees and to everyone who won an award.

“Your work is wholly appreciated by the force and more importantly by Cleveland’s communities.”

The event was attended by over 100 people, who saw 13 awards handed out.

Cleveland’s Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer said: “These awards have recognised individuals and teams who have made a real difference in the areas in which they live and work.

“I was delighted to be asked to present an award and be part of an evening to recognise these efforts and celebrate people’s dedication and enthusiasm for their work.”