SOUTH Tyneside has been hailed as “excellent” when it comes to tackling crime and disorder.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird visited the borough yesterday to launch her new Police and Crime Plan for 2013-18.
During the event, held at Winship House, South Shields, Mrs Baird revealed tackling anti-social behaviour and domestic violence were high priorities.
Crime has fallen across the borough by 5.2 per cent between April 2012 and March this year, compared with the previous 12 months, the equivalent of 360 fewer offences being committed.
And Mrs Baird said launching her new policing plan in South Tyneside was “no accident” as she hailed the statistics.
She said: “It is because I feel South Tyneside Community Safety Partnership is very good, and doing a lot of excellent work in the area.
“What we have decided must be the priority, after consulting with the public here in South Tyneside is to tackle anti-social behaviour with really renewed vigour.
“Also high on the priority are domestic and sexual abuse, which tend to be hidden crimes.”
Council leader Coun Iain Malcolm and the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson, attended the address.
Chief Superintendent of South Tyneside Area Command, Ian Dawes, said: “Vera Baird was very positive about what we had achieved in South Tyneside so far.
“She spoke about the partnership in strong terms and I am delighted with the way the event has gone.”