Police to host fun day

Members of Wallsend Neighbourhood Team encouraging people to come to the event.
Members of Wallsend Neighbourhood Team encouraging people to come to the event.

A family fun day is offering people a behind-the-scenes look at emergency services.

The free event, organised by Wallsend Neighbourhood Policing Team, will take place from 10am to 2pm on Sunday in the car park in front of the police station, in Middle Engine Lane, Wallsend.

Visitors are encouraged to come and sit in police, fire, and ambulance emergency vehicles and talk to blue-light staff about their roles.

Police dogs and horses plus Marine Section will be on show and the North Tyneside Volunteer Police Cadets will be on hand to demonstrate fingerprinting and carry out security property marking.

Activities include an inflatable assault course, multi-sports with Wallsend Boy’s Club, beat the keeper, a climbing wall, martial arts, St John Ambulance, music, stocks, face-painting and jewellery-making.

Wallsend Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Storey, said: “We want as many people as possible to come and take part in the free event.

“It’s going to be a really great day with lots going on for local residents. It’s a good opportunity to bring the children down and take part in the fun and games and all of the activities.

“We want people to meet our team while having a great day out. It’s nice to be able to invite the community literally into our front yard, to have a chat and enjoy themselves with their local neighbourhood policing team.

“Officers will be there to speak to people and talk about what we’re doing in the area and also to listen to any concerns that residents might have. We do a lot of work with the residents in Wallsend and surrounding areas and we are always keen as the local policing team to get involved and help out in the community where we can.

“I’d urge people to take the time to come along on Sunday and meet the neighbourhood team and have some fun.”

While the children are being entertained, police are able to discuss local issues with the adults and offer crime-prevention advice where required on a range of topics including house and shed burglary.

People are asked to use public transport to travel to the event, however, parking is available at nearby B&Q and Gala Bingo premises.