Initiative targeting three areas of concern

Neighbourhood Inspector Kevin Benson of the Wallsend Neighbourhood Policing Team, North Tyneside Elected Mayor Linda Arkley and Station Manager Graeme Hurst, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, with representatives from their teams.

Neighbourhood Inspector Kevin Benson of the Wallsend Neighbourhood Policing Team, North Tyneside Elected Mayor Linda Arkley and Station Manager Graeme Hurst, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, with representatives from their teams.

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AN INITIATIVE tackling littering, home fire safety and anti-social behaviour in three areas of the borough has started.

Operation Hotspot – part of North Tyneside Council’s Big Spring Clean campaign – will focus on Wallsend, Longbenton and Moor Park.

Over the next three months, the areas will receive joint visits from the council, Northumbria Police and the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

The campaign aims to reduce litter, fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour while encouraging households to have free home fire safety checks and inviting them to take part in clean-up events in their area.

Mayor Linda Arkley said: “I am delighted that we are working with the police and fire and rescue service to deliver such an important initiative again.”

Station manager Graeme Hurst, from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We are delighted to work with our partners and local residents again to help make the area safer.

“Last year’s Operation Hotspot was a huge success leading to a 44 per cent reduction in deliberate fires and an eight per cent drop in accidental house fires.”

Wallsend Neighbourhood Inspector Kevin Benson added: “This is an excellent example of how working together with our partners we are able to tackle issues concerning the community.

“We have listened to the concerns of the community and now, together with our partners, we are taking a robust action on environmental issues, fire safety and anti-social behaviour.”

Operation Hotspot will run in Wallsend until tomorrow (Friday).