Officers on track with a clean-up

Police from Wallsend help clean a cycle track.
Police from Wallsend help clean a cycle track.

Police have been cleaning up their community – helping tidy a section of a walking and cycling track.

PC Tom Spencer and PCSO Craig Gregson, from the Wallsend Neighbourhood Policing Team, joined Sustrans staff and volunteers to tidy a mile-long stretch of National Cycle Network Route 72 in the town, part of the Hadrian’s Cycleway.

A total of 16 bags of rubbish were collected, as well as the cutting back of several metres of encroaching vegetation.

Pc Spencer said: “The aim of the litter pick was to help keep the area free of anti-social behaviour (ASB) and create a nicer environment for those visiting the area from other parts of the UK and abroad.”

Sarah Donnelly, volunteer co-ordinator at Sustrans, said: “In just one morning nine volunteers totally transformed this mile long section of track into a nicer place for people to walk and cycle.”

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird welcomed the clean-up.

She said: “I’m a keen cyclist myself and know how important it is to keep these routes clean and tidy so they do not attract anti-social behaviour.

“It’s great that police and partners are working closely together to improve their local community.”