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Police and Crime Commissioner funding helps anti-social behaviour crackdown in South Tyneside

19th March 2019

Two projects to help improve community confidence and tackle anti-social behaviour in South Tyneside have been given a funding boost thanks to Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC.

£10,000 of Commissioner’s Funding has been awarded to support two important initiatives aiming to crackdown on youth-related disorder – a key priority for both Dame Vera and the South Tyneside Community Partnership.

Funding will enable the purchase of a mobile CCTV camera used to act as a deterrent to would-be anti-social individuals. Existing cameras have already proved successful in helping police interventions and securing prosecutions.

The other beneficiary is Jarrow-based community centre – Hedworthfield Community Association, which thanks to funding, will be employing a sports coach to run week night and weekend sessions for young people at its all-weather pitch.

Together, these projects aim to divert young people away from anti-social behaviours and help residents reclaim local spaces.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird, said: “South Tyneside Council are working closely with Northumbria Police to tackle anti-social behaviour across the borough.  I’m pleased that this grant, in part will be invested in a mobile CCTV to further support the council’s work.  ASB is not tolerated in South Tyneside and I know the new mobile CCTV will be utilised to catch offenders”

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “We are very grateful for this funding and thank Dame Vera for her support.

“Everyone has the right to live in a peaceful and safe community. While 98 per cent of local people say they do feel safe, we want all of our residents to feel confident.

“This is why this funding will be used to put measures in place that focus on fostering positive relationships with young people and providing diversionary sporting activities that encourage them to channel their energy into something more constructive.

“The additional mobile CCTV will also help to act as a deterrent in areas where anti-social behaviour may be identified as an issue.”

Cllr Leader Iain Malcolm and Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.