Estate crime halved in last six months

CRIME HALVED ... on the Hedworth Estate in Jarrow.
CRIME HALVED ... on the Hedworth Estate in Jarrow.

ANTI-social behaviour in part of South Tyneside has been more than halved.

There has been a 51 per cent reduction in incidents – equating to 98 crimes since April – on the Hedworth Estate, Jarrow.

The area came under the spotlight this year in an initiative launched by Northumbria Police, South Tyneside Council, South Tyneside Homes and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

This included a week of action, involving walkabouts and activities for young people at Hedworthfield Community Association.

The association also hosts fun days and youth clubs, supported by police, to ensure officials can engage with the community and look to tackle any issues raised.

Anti-social behaviour is one of Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird’s priorities. She said: “Police, their partners and the community have worked hard to reduce incidents on this estate, and I would like to praise them for their efforts.

“It’s through a culmination of all partners and the residents themselves that success can be achieved. It’s important that work continues.”

Ian King, the area’s neighbourhood inspector, added: “We hope residents are encouraged by these results, but work will continue.”

Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety at South Tyneside Council, said: “This is very encouraging and great news for the Hedworth community.”

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