Police patrols stepped up in park area

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EXTRA police patrols are now taking place in an area near Killingworth while additional activities have been introduced for residents.

Killingworth Neighbourhood Policing Team has been working with other agencies to step up security at Lockey Park, in Wideopen, to make it a more pleasant place to visit.

And North Tyneside Council’s sports development staff are providing a range of activities for young people, including street football, dance and boxercise on Friday evenings.

Neighbourhood Inspector John Smith said: “The park is a well used local amenity and now that the summer school holidays are here we want to make sure that everyone can enjoy going there and feel safe.”

Staff from Seaton Burn Community College have been joining officers on patrol to see the issues for themselves.

Students from the college have also been visiting older residents at the nearby Parkside Court to discuss with each other their concerns and expectations for the area.

A residents’ meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 6, from 7pm at the Lockey Park Sports Pavilion, with Mayor Linda Arkley, Insp Smith and Chief Inspector Mark Anastasi answering questions.

Mrs Arkley said: “This is good news for those who live near and use Lockey Park.

“People told us they had concerns about anti-social behaviour in the area, we listened and are working with partners to improve the situation.

“It’s important residents continue to give us their views and I would encourage as many as possible to attend the next public meeting.”

Neighbourhood officers are hosting regular drop-in sessions at the sports pavilion on Friday, August 5, and Friday, September 9, both from 6pm to 8pm. All park users are welcome to attend.

Residents and businesses are also invited to join the Wideopen Virtual Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.

Anyone wanting to sign up online to the scheme should email lockeyvirtualnw@northumbria.pnn.police.uk

Alternatively ring Killingworth Neighbourhood Policing Team on 03456 043 043 ext 69191.