Keeping an eye on allotments

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GREEN fingered residents are keeping a watchful eye on their plots and tools as Allotment Watch takes root.

Wallsend allotment holders are working with police and North Tyneside Council to set up a new crime prevention scheme.

Keen gardeners are joining the initiative based at West Street Allotments to find out how to keep their plants and gardening tools safe from thieves and vandals.

Pc Tom Spencer, from the Wallsend neighbourhood policing team, said: “Many allotment holders spend a lot of time and effort on their plots and we want to make sure they reap the benefit and don’t suffer from crime.

“We’re advising allotment holders to take notice of other people in the allotment and if they see any strangers who shouldn’t be there, report it to the police, you could help to prevent a crime. Remember to keep the main gates to the allotment locked at all times, even when people are working on their plots.”

Jerry Dronsfield, North Tyneside Council’s parks and allotments manager, said: “As a council, we want to ensure that we maintain this success and that communities continue to benefit from the allotments.

“Allotment Watch will help people to enjoy their plots and be less susceptible to crime, and I would encourage all to join the scheme.”