Richie joins policing team

A new beat manager has been appointed to the police unit in Whitley Bay.

Pc Richie Parker joins the Whitley Bay neighbourhood policing team from nearby Killingworth where he has worked for the past seven years.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to getting to know the residents and businesses here at the coast.

“I’m here to help prevent crime, disorder and any anti-social behaviour.”

He added: “The Whitley Bay team already has strong contacts with the local community as well as partner agencies which I’m looking to build on.

“Neighbourhood policing is all about listening to the needs of local people and making sure any problems are addressed.

“I’d like to encourage people to stop and talk to me when I’m out on patrol.

“I’m happy to have a chat and meet people and listen to any concerns they may have.”

People can contact Pc Parker by calling 101, extension 69191, or via