OLDER people in the borough are being given crime prevention advice from a new community ‘Plus Bus’.
The special service, with an inbuilt mobile library, is run by North Tyneside Council, Age UK North Tyneside and VODA, and helps residents, especially older people, get about the borough and keep in touch.
Plus Bus travels between community centres, shopping areas and sheltered accommodation.
The bus is also staffed with volunteers who can offer advice on local authority services, welfare and benefits.
Police are now joining the volunteers with advice on staying safe from bogus callers.
Chief Inspector Mandy Shea said: “As part of their neighbourhood patrols our officers go into the borough and talk to local people and deal with their concerns.
“Now they’ve stepped on board the bus to bring our crime prevention message to more residents.”
The bus also contains useful telephone numbers of local utility suppliers to make it easy for residents to check that callers are from the company they say they’re from.
For more information call (0191) 643 5270 or visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk