Safety fears at Metro station: Bosses make improvements to help

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Work has been carried out to improve visibility at a Tyneside metro station after residents raised concerns over safety.

South Tyneside council cut back shrubs, removed bushes and pruned back trees around Chichester Metro Station to improve visibility around the metro station and help residents’ feel safe.

The action was taken after several issues were raised by residents at the Riverside Community Area Forum. Members decided to make the public square outside Chichester Metro Station a key priority by working with its partners to discuss ongoing concerns and solutions for the area.

Coun Michael Clare, Chairman of Riverside Community Area Forum, said: “We are delighted that we have worked effectively with our partners to create a safer environment for the public using Chichester Metro Station, and walking to and from the station. We will be looking to continue our work with partners to discuss additional long term solutions to further improve community safety and resolve issues associated with this area.”

Over recent months police have recorded more than 20 local incidents and made five arrests in the area.

Coun Tracey Dixon, Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety, said: “We are improving the visibility around the station following some concerns raised about community safety as well as anti-social behaviour in the area which had led to a number of recorded incidents and arrests being made in the area. The work to improve in the area is crucial for the effective use our CCTV network.

Their surveillance plays a very important role in detecting and dealing with a range of crimes and the evidence recorded is of great value to the police and increases the chances of securing a conviction.”