Walkabout discovers area concerns

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A SPECIAL walkabout event has taken place in a North Shields estate.

Officers from North Shields neighbourhood policing team and representatives from Tyneside based social housing provider Home Group, visited residents in the St Aiden’s Close area, near Billy Mill.

During the walkabout, they talked to local people about the area, offered crime prevention advice and delivered a questionnaire to find out in more detail any problems which are causing concern for people living in the area.

Neighbourhood Inspector Geoff Cross said: “We’ve been working with partners in the area to find out more about quality of life issues which affect local people.

“By surveying people we can find out what needs to be done and, by working together, find solutions which best meets local needs.

“These sorts of local joint events are a good way of talking to local residents about what matters to them on the estates where they live.

“Officers have found it a useful way to meet local people, literally on their doorsteps, and for them to talk to us informally about any problems or issues they may have.”

The survey has highlighted some concerns about local anti-social behaviour and housing issues.

Police and partners are now working together to solve these problems and see how these matters can be effectively dealt with.

Fiona Reid, Home Group customer service partner, added: “We have significant housing stock in this area and it’s important to us that our customers not only live in comfortable homes but also live in neighbourhoods in which they feel safe and reassured. The estate walkabout gave us some valuable feedback on the issues which really matter to our customers.

“We have a very good relationship with the local neighbourhood policing team and will continue to work with them.”

Anyone with concerns about crime or disorder where they live is asked to contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 101 ext 69191.