Community advice event for residents

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RESIDENTS from Wallsend are being invited to pick up advice at a community roadshow event coming to town.

The Respect roadshow will be held on Thursday, November 15, from 11am to 2pm, at the Forum Shopping Centre.

The event will be packed with advice from a number of organisations, including Northumbria Police, North Tyneside Council’s Safer Estates Team, Age UK, Tyne and Wear Fire Service, Home Group, Places for People and Air Cadets.

Several of these organisations regularly take part in Operation Respect which aims to promote safe communities and effectively tackle anti-social behaviour in local neighbourhoods.

Sergeant Matt Bruno, of the Wallsend neighbourhood policing team, said: “This is the fourth year we’ve held the event, and it’s clearly back by popular demand.

“It’s a good opportunity for people to come along and talk to a number of agencies all in the same place at the same time.

“We aim to provide a comprehensive response to any number of questions people may ask. Officers will also have crime prevention advice and information to hand out, including information about how to stay safe from bogus callers.

“We’re also asking people to keep an eye out for their neighbours too. “We hope this will raise awareness of crime prevention and help people to keep their property safe.”

Colin Boxshall, North Tyneside Council’s Safer Estates manager, added: “The Respect roadshow provides the council and its partners with an opportunity to find out people’s concerns and then offer the support they might need.

“We use the feedback we receive to improve our procedures in supporting victims and witnesses, and tackling anti-social behaviour.”