New police chief pledges to work with council

The Mayor of South Tyneside Coun Richard Porthouse welcomes Northumbria's Chief Constable Steve Ashman to the Mayor's Parlour at Jarrow Town Hall.
The Mayor of South Tyneside Coun Richard Porthouse welcomes Northumbria's Chief Constable Steve Ashman to the Mayor's Parlour at Jarrow Town Hall.

Councillors welcomed two special guests to a South Tyneside Borough Council meeting.

Northumbria Police’s new Chief Constable Steve Ashman, and Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird, met members including The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Richard Porthouse, and Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety.

At the meeting, Mr Ashman spoke about his personal connection with South Tyneside and his key priority to retain strong connections with the council and local communities to ensure the continued delivery of Northumbria Police’s high standard service.

The Mayor said: “It was a pleasure to meet Northumbria’s new chief constable, especially as he has local links.

“I am sure he will forge strong connections with the council and the Mayoress, and I wish him well with his work within the community.”

Mr Ashman was invited to the Mayor’s Parlour, where he signed the visitor’s book and was presented with a set of whisky tumblers.

Coun Dixon said: “Tackling crime is a top priority for South Tyneside Council.

“We were delighted that the chief constable took the time to talk to members and answer their questions.”

Mr Ashman joined Northumbria Police in 2009 as an assistant chief constable and became deputy in 2013.

He began his career with the Metropolitan Police in 1987, as a Pc on London’s Broadwater Farm estate.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Ms Baird said: “I was delighted to once again be in South Tyneside.

“The new chief constable and I are committed to addressing the priorities of local residents right across the borough.”