New inspectors for three towns

Street Pastors Alan Dickinson and Colleen Brown on walkabout at South Parade, Whitley Bay with Insp Jim Gray.
Street Pastors Alan Dickinson and Colleen Brown on walkabout at South Parade, Whitley Bay with Insp Jim Gray.

A new inspector has taken over the reins in Whitley Bay.

Inspector Neil Armsworth has taken up his new position as Neighbourhood Inspector for Whitley Bay and North Shields.

He takes over from Insp Jim Gray, who takes up the role of chairman of Northumbria Police Federation.

Insp Armsworth, who has been Neighbourhood Inspector for Wallsend for the past two-and-a-half years, said: “I’m looking forward to the challenges this new role will bring.

“I’ll look to build on the trust and confidence the team has already gained within the community which encourages residents to talk to us, as well as provide us with information about specific incidents.

“I have a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable team of officers who have made a real impact in the area and I’m looking forward to continuing this success.”

Inspector Mark Storey is now the new neighbourhood inspector for Wallsend.

Insp Storey said “I’m really looking forward to building relationships with local communities in the area and working alongside the excellent officers we have policing the sector.”

Superintendent for Northern Area Command, Peter Bent said: “These changes come in to place as Inspector Jim Gray leaves his post as Whitley Bay Neighbourhood Inspector to take up the role of Chair of Northumbria Police Federation.

“Each neighbourhood will continue to have the same dedicated Neighbourhood Beat Managers and residents will continue to see the same familiar faces in their neighbourhood.

“We wish Inspector Gray every success in his new role and extend a warm welcome to Inspector Storey and Inspector Armsworth.”

Inspector Jim Gray said: “I move on to my new role knowing that I leave policing of the Whitley Bay area in the safe hands of an experienced fellow inspector.

“I also know that the neighbourhood policing team here at Whitley Bay are second to none and will continue to act with a determination to provide the highest levels of policing service to our community.

“I would like to thank all of the residents, partner agencies and business owners I’ve worked closely with over the past six and a half years in our shared drive to create an ever safer Whitley Bay.”

Members of the public can contact their local neighbourhood policing team via the Northumbria Police website,