Crime falling in borough town centre

Crime is falling in Whitley Bay, local police officers have revealed.

Members of Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade were told that crime was down two per cent for the last quarter.

Speaking at the chamber’s latest meeting, Sgt Jon May said there was no crime trends and appeared to be fewer ‘characters’ coming into the town via the Metro.

This year’s fair on the Links also received positive feedback with fewer incidents involving the police.

However, anti-social behaviour is on the increase with more youths spotted at cricket pavilions and parks in Whitley Bay.

Sgt May added that police had been speaking to schools about the issue.

Businesses have also been encouraged to sign up to the ShopWatch scheme, which connects shops with the police so they can keep track of any shoplifters in the area.

Concern was also raised at the meeting of the apparent footfall in the town being down on previous months, with some businesses suggesting it could have been down to the roadworks on Whitley Road and Park View putting off shoppers. Work is also continuing to find more free car parking spots.