A fun day and litter-picks are among a series of events being held on a South Tyneside estate this week.
Police in Jarrow are teaming up with council staff and firefighters for a week of action in Hedworth starting tomorrow.
Hedworthfield Community Association in Cornhill will host sporting activities throughout the week, as well as community payback teams carrying out litter-picks.
It will also hold a family fun day on Saturday, complete with fairground rides and stalls.
A business forum will be held too, and metal shutters at the estate’s shops will be given a lick of paint.
The week’s events tie in with the police’s Lighter Nights campaign, cracking down on crime and anti-social behaviour across the borough.
Inspector Ian King, of Jarrow’s neighbourhood policing team, said: “The week of action gives residents an excellent opportunity to talk to us and other agencies about issues affecting their area, so we can work together to find solutions.
“It’s important we know the issues concerning our communities, and this event is a great way of finding this out, as well as allowing residents to be involved at every stage.
“We can also give feedback on the activities already under way to cut crime and anti-social behaviour and improve the area.
“The week also gives people a chance to take pride in, and ownership of the area they live in, and I hope as many people as possible get involved by either coming to talk to us on walkabouts or attending the fun day.”
A spokesperson for the council said: “It’s great to see communities coming together to give the area a boost.”