"We want to work together so we can enjoy the freedom we once had"

Residents are being urged to work together to ensure life can return to normal in June.

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 9:00 am
PC Amii Stewart, who is writing a diary as part of the #BeatCovidNE campaign.

North Shields Neighbourhood PC Amii Stewart has been sharing life on the frontline during the pandemic as part of the #BeatCovidNE campaign.

The 29-year-old said: “It’s been a busy week both at work and at home. The good news is that I’ve received my vaccination appointment. This is so I can return to a role I did previously, outside being a Neighbourhood PC.

“Before the pandemic, I supported several families by assisting with day-to-day household tasks and shopping. The families I support have received their first vaccines and in my work capacity as a personal assistant for them, I’m now due to receive mine.

“I’m looking forward to supporting them again alongside my role as a Police Officer, as I enjoy being able to give something back and have a positive impact on someone's life.

“The bad news is my fiancée and I have decided to cancel our wedding at this time, due to not being able to have full capacity, however we will still go on our honeymoon to the Amalfi Coast next year.

"After already rescheduling the wedding once and while restrictions are being eased the whole process has become more stressful than exciting. We will get married but after we’ve had some time to relax.

“While it’s been a week of ups and downs at home, booking to attend Easter Sunday service at my local church felt fantastic. I can’t wait to go back and see everyone again.

"It will be different because of the measures in place to ensure the church is Covid secure but I am looking forward to attending Sunday mass again.

“Work has been busy. On top of my daily duties as a Neighbourhood PC and supporting the Covid task force I’ve been leading preparations for Operation Coastwatch in North Tyneside.

"The annual operation, which covers the North East, operates alongside other organisations to tackle antisocial behaviour and protect local communities during the summer months.

“Operation Coastwatch allows us to proactively engage with the public, in particular young people, to prevent issues before they arise. We are able to issue dispersal notices and take further action where required.

“We aren’t there to catch people out. We simply want everyone visiting the beach to be respectful. You’re not just visiting the coast, you’re visiting someone’s home. Please treat it with the care you would show your community.

“As part of my preparations, I have patrolled the beaches along the coast. While the majority of people are sticking to the rules others have commented, “We can meet-up with people in a few weeks so why not now?” Checking we’re all following Covid restrictions is relentless work. Knowing some are bending the rules is disheartening.

“I appreciate people feel frustrated and are keen to 'get back to normal’ but we can’t do this if we jeopardise the steps we need to take to ease lockdown.

“Another spike will lead to the dates being pushed back. No one wants this, especially those who have been working to help fight this.

"We want to work together so come June we can all enjoy the freedom we once had, safely, with our loved ones and not at the cost of any more lives.”