Operation will tackle local issues in week-long campaign

North Tyneside Council joins forces with Northumbria Police, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and the Prince's Trust for Operation Hotspot.
North Tyneside Council joins forces with Northumbria Police, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and the Prince's Trust for Operation Hotspot.
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An operation helping to clean up areas of the borough will be targeting part of Wallsend next week.

Operation Hotspot – involving North Tyneside Council, Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service – tackles littering, fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour as well as offering home fire safety checks.

I would like to encourage as many local people as possible to take part in this great initiative

District Manager Graeme Hurst, of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Various events will take place in the town.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “Operation Hotspot is another great example of us working with our partners to achieve brilliant results – it makes a big difference to our communities.

“As always, we’re appealing to as many residents as possible to lend a hand.

“We’re also having a big focus on tackling dog fouling and promoting responsible dog ownership.”

Run by the Dogs Trust, a dog chipping event will be held on Tuesday, May 19, from 11am to 3pm, in the church hall of St Bernadette in Station Road North, Wallsend.

A council-led litter pick will take place on Wednesday, May 20, from 11am. Residents are asked to meet outside St Bernadette Church.

Over the five days, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service will be carrying out free home safety checks, delivering talks in local schools and working with partners to reduce anti-social behaviour.

District Manager Graeme Hurst, of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “I would like to encourage as many local people as possible to take part in this great initiative.

“Preventing fires from happening in the first place is a key priority for our service, as is helping to keep people safe from fire.

“We are delighted to be offering free home safety checks and would encourage all local residents to take up the offer.

“Our firefighters will check that your smoke alarms are working and are sited in the right place, as well as ensuring that you have a fire escape plan in place should a fire break out in your home.

“They will also cover the importance of a night time routine, such as closing doors, unplugging electrical equipment and safe disposal of cigarettes. There is no doubt this can help protect you and your family from fire.”

Neighbourhood Inspector Neil Armsworth added: “Operation Hotspot is a joint initiative with North Tyneside Council and one that we have run successfully on several occasions.

“It is an excellent example of how working together with our partners we are able to tackle issues concerning the community in Wallsend.

“By getting out into the community we are able to establish what issues are concerning the community and what we can do together with our partners to tackle these matters.

“Officers from the Wallsend Neighbourhood Team will be participating throughout the operation and are available to address any concerns that people may face.

“We are always keen to hear any feedback from the community and anyone with any concerns can contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 101.”