Chances to talk to the police online or in person

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THE net could be closing in on criminals in North Tyneside – the internet, that is.

Whitley Bay’s neighbourhood policing team is hosting an online meeting next Wednesday from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Officers will be available to answer questions about policing issues and take note of any concerns raised.

Neighbourhood Inspector Jim Gray said: “These online meetings are an excellent way for members of the community to reach their local team without leaving their home.

“These events have been well received by local people, and we hope to attract others to take part.

“We will give people general information about how their area is policed, and we can answer any specific queries they may have.

“It’s also a good way to catch up and find out what their neighbourhood team has been doing to tackle crime where they live.”

Visit www.northumbria.police.uk/online and follow the link on the North Tyneside page to take part in the meeting.

Elsewhere, drop-in sessions are also in store for police in Benton.

The neighbourhood base at Asda in Whitley Road opened by police in July will host a series of drop-in sessions over the coming weeks overseen by community support officer Michelle Rosemurgey, pictured, and other team members.

Officers will offer crime prevention advice and discuss any policing issues shoppers wish to raise.

Inspector John Smith, of Killingworth’s neighbourhood policing team, said: “This police base is ideally placed for the local community to stop off and speak to one of our officers.

“We want to encourage local people to call in and speak to members of the team.”

Sessions will take place tomorrow from 1pm to 3pm, on Monday from 9am to 11am, on Tuesday from 9am to 11am, on Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm, next Thursday from 5pm to 7pm, and a week on Monday from 3pm to 5pm, with more to follow.