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PCC Vera Baird praises work to tackle ASB in Sunderland

3rd June 2016

Local neighbourhood officers in Sunderland have been working with local partners to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Recently officers from the Sunderland West Neighbourhood Policing Team went on patrol with Gentoo and Councillors Pat Smith and Peter Gibson in Silksworth.

The group went on patrol in the areas of the borough that have been identified as anti-social behaviour ‘hotspots’ to discuss what work had already been carried out to tackle this and what could be done further.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, said: “Activity such as this demonstrates that when an issue is raised, police and partners will come together to take action and reduce the impact it has on the local neighbourhood. I will ensure that tackling ASB and disorder will remain a priority for Northumbria Police and residents can be assured that officers will continue to crack down on those causing trouble in our neighbourhoods.”

PC Michael Urwin accompanied Gentoo and Councillors on patrol.

He said: “This was a great opportunity for us to highlight the work that police and partners have done in the areas where concerns have been raised around anti-social behaviour.”

Tackling anti-social behaviour remains important for the local neighbourhood policing team.

Local Neighbourhood Inspector Tony Carty said: “We recognise the impact anti-social behaviour can have on our local communities and how it can affect the quality of life for local residents and will continue to work with our local partners, such as Gentoo and the local authority, to take action against those who cause the most harm and disruption.

As the local neighbourhood team our priority is listening and responding to the concerns our communities have and I hope they feel reassured we are doing all we can to resolve their concerns.”

Chair of the Safer Sunderland Partnership, Councillor Harry Trueman said: “Working with ward councillors at community level, we can identify people’s local concerns  and combine our resources  accordingly to do something about them.

“Neighbourhood patrols provide both a re-assuring presence and a visible deterrent in our  combined efforts to tackle anti-social behaviour.”

More information about local neighbourhood policing teams is available on the local neighbourhood pages of the Northumbria Police website