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Week of action in Sunderland

20 Jan 2015 12:05 PM

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Police in Sunderland are carrying out a week long operation to make the area even safer.

Officers from the Sunderland West Neighbourhood Policing Team are working together with partner agencies in the city to run a week long crackdown on crime, disorder and anti social behaviour (ASB).

The week of action takes place in the St Chad's Ward, which includes Lakeside, East Herrington and Farringdon.

The team will be targeting known offenders, executing search warrants, and will give inputs to local schools.

Shops will be visited as part of the forcewide Operation Soundwave - aimed at tackling opportunist thieves and burglars - to deliver a newsletter containing crime prevention advice to keep their property safe.

They'll also be working with partners to tackle parking issues around schools and the surrounding area, and there'll be litter picks and walkabouts.

And Police Cadets will be teaming up with the policing team to deliver newsletters to residents informing them what's been happening in the area and ensuring they have crime prevention advice.

The action will run throughout the week and officers are keen to stress that the good work will continue.

Sunderland West Neighbourhood Inspector Lisa Laverick explained: "We've ran week-long campaigns previously in the area and they always build a good foundation to ensure the work continues in the months ahead.

"It's a big push by police and partners to improve even further on the excellent work that's going on in the area.

"We work really closely with the council and local residents and we're committed to tackling the issues of most concern and this week of action will see us targeting those known offenders and reassuring residents about the action taken.

"But it will also involve a lot of community engagement, such as litter picks, patrols and walkabouts and inputs to local schools. Hopefully come the end of the week residents will notice a difference in the area and we are really keen for any feedback from local people on the activity."

For more information on the work that officers in Sunderland are doing visit www.northumbria.police.uk