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Crime-fighting drive hailed as a success

PROJECT STARR ... from left, Karin ONeill, of Northumbria Probation Trust, Chief Inspector Brian Walker and Coun Tracey Dixon.

PROJECT STARR ... from left, Karin ONeill, of Northumbria Probation Trust, Chief Inspector Brian Walker and Coun Tracey Dixon.

A SCHEME aimed at cutting crime in South Tyneside is celebrating success.

Project STARR – South Tyneside Acting to Reduce Reoffending – was launched two years ago as a partnership between South Tyneside Council, Northumbria Probation Trust, Northumbria Police and local health, drug and alcohol services to reduce reoffending rates.

It has seen a 41 per cent drop in the number of offenders who go on to commit new crimes, and a 36 per cent reduction in the number of people classed as prolific offenders who commit new crimes.

The approach, known as integrated offender management, was reviewed at a conference held at Bede’s World, Jarrow.

Coun Tracey Dixon, South Tyneside Council’s lead member for area management and community safety, said: “Project STARR is a fantastic initiative, working with some of the borough’s most challenging offenders, helping to steer them away from committing crime.

Karin O’Neill, director of offender management at Northumbria Probation Trust, said: “We work with a broad range of offenders.

“Among this group, there has been a 41 per cent reduction in arrests since they joined the scheme.

“Among the prolific offender group, there has been a 36 per cent reduction in reoffending in the first six months of the current financial year.”

Chief Inspector Brian Walker, from South Tyneside Area Command, said: “By working with these offenders, we can break the cycle of offending, which is fundamental to reducing crime leading to fewer victims.”

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