Police commissioner takes to the streets to look at crime concerns

Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barrie Coppinger (3rd left) with (left to right) Burbank Community centre manager Ian Cawley, councillor's Mike McLaughlin and Stephen Thomas in Spurn Walk, Hartlepoo . Picture by FRANK REID
Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barrie Coppinger (3rd left) with (left to right) Burbank Community centre manager Ian Cawley, councillor's Mike McLaughlin and Stephen Thomas in Spurn Walk, Hartlepoo . Picture by FRANK REID

Efforts to forger stronger links with the police on a Hartlepool estate have been put in the limelight with a visit from Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Headland and Harbour Councillor Mike McLaughlin invited Barry Coppinger to the Burbank Estate so he could hear residents’ concerns first hand.

It all goes on need and if they’re not being told Burbank has a number of crimes, it’s not going to be allocated the resources.

Councillor Mike McLaughlin

The ward member welcomed him to the community centre before they hit the streets to chat to people about their experiences.

The visit follows a meeting in May, which saw members of Cleveland Police discuss the pressures the force is under, while residents offered their insight into incidents, with both groups leaving with a better understanding of their situation.

There were concerns over a stabbing in Spurn Walk on May 9, which left a 27-year-old wounded, along with issues with drugs, motorbikes and anti-social behaviour.

Coun McLaughlin, a Labour member, said: “There has been an avalanche of people asking about the level of crime locally.

“What I wanted was to be able to talk to Barry Coppinger directly as the leader of the police.

“We’re told Burbank has one of the lowest reports of crime, but there’s the feeling a lot of crime goes on.
“They call the police, they don’t see a response and so they don’t call again, so that has been fed back.

“It all goes on need and if they’re not being told Burbank has a number of crimes, it’s not going to be allocated the resources.

“They are operating under financial constraints, but residents now understand and we know the police are taking note.”

He added recent successes by the neighbourhood team included a series of motorbike or scooter seizures following reports of anti-social behaviour.

It is hoped a further meeting will be scheduled to offer residents further feedbank.

Anyone who would like to make contact with Coun McLaughlin about issues across the estate, as well as Headland and Central Estate, can send him a message via his Facebook page.