Week-long campaign is looking to clean up

Council wardens, Waldo the Wonderdog and Northumbria Police with pupils from Denbigh Primary School, Wallsend, after a 'No Messing' assembly.
Council wardens, Waldo the Wonderdog and Northumbria Police with pupils from Denbigh Primary School, Wallsend, after a 'No Messing' assembly.

A campaign is hoping to clean up with an action packed week involving students and the community.

‘Operation Hotspot’, which starts on Monday, will look to make Willington Quay spick and span.

North Tyneside Council will team up once again with Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service all week to tackle fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour while also helping with home fire safety.

Wallsend Boys Club will also be providing support by running different activities, including sports, nail art and crafts, from its purpose built outreach ‘Boyza Bus’.

The bus will be stationed at Willington Quays Boys Club on Friday, January 30, from 5pm to 8pm.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and the environment, said: “I’m extremely pleased we’re running Operation Hotspot again – it always achieves excellent results and improves the borough for our residents.

“The initiative is all about going out into the heart of our communities so we directly address any concerns people may have, such as littering or anti-social behaviour.”

To support the No Messing campaign, the Dog’s Trust will be holding a free dog chipping event at Willington Quay and Howdon Boys Club on January 29, at 11am to 3pm.

Wardens will also be increasing patrols in the area and issuing fixed penalty notices to anyone seen not picking up after their dogs.

The campaign is also being supported by The Prince’s Trust at TyneMet College who will be helping with litter picks.

Wallsend Neighbourhood Policing Team Inspector Neil Armsworth said: “We take the issue of anti-social behaviour very seriously as we know the detrimental affect it can have on our communities if it continues unchecked.

“Areas which have problems with fly-tipping and dog fouling all too often become run down and this can lead to further related problems.

“We are keen to work closely with North Tyneside Council and other partners to nip these problems in the bud before they escalate.

“Anyone with information about anti-social behaviour or crime and disorder issues are asked to contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 101.”

Station Manager Graeme Hurst, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, added: “I would like to encourage local people to take part in this great initiative. Preventing fires from happening in the first place is a key priority for our service, as is helping to keep people safe from fire.

“We are delighted to be offering free home safety checks and would encourage all local residents to take up the offer. Our firefighters will check that your smoke alarms are working and are sited in the right place.

“They will also ensure that you have a fire escape plan in place should a fire break out in your home.

“They will also cover the importance of a night time routine, such as closing doors, unplugging electrical equipment and safe disposal of cigarettes.

“There is no doubt this can help protect you and your family safe from fire.”