Police support Newcastle Mela

26 Aug 2015 14:00 PM

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Northumbria Police will be supporting the 2015 Newcastle Mela this bank holiday weekend.

The Mela, which means 'to meet', celebrates Pakistani, Bengali, Indian and other South Asian cultures and is a great opportunity for people to learn more, be entertained and meet new people as well as enjoy different music, art and food in the city.

The event will run on Monday, August 31, between 12 noon and 7:30pm with activities in Exhibition Park and the Town Moor. The force will have a stand at the event, giving those going along the opportunity to come and speak to officers, staff and volunteers about their roles, receive crime prevention advice to help stop them from being a victim of crime, or talk about local issues which affect them.

Volunteers from the police Cadet scheme will be helping out at the event - providing a great example of some of the activities the force's volunteers get involved in. They will be able to tell those going along about their role and the benefits of volunteering.

Officers from the force's road safety Operation Dragoon team will also be attending to talk about the work that is ongoing to keep people safe on our roads.

Chief Superintendent Laura Young, Central Area Commander, said: "The Mela is a fantastic event that allows us to celebrate some of the vast and diverse communities we have in the local area and we're pleased to be part of the event. I would encourage those going along to come and meet us". "We have some great volunteering opportunities within the force for both young people and adults, who may be interested in making a difference to local communities.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said: "I'm delighted that once again Northumbria Police is supporting The Mela. It's a true celebration of the diversity and community spirit that we're proud to have here in Northumbria.

"It's also a great opportunity to find out if you can join the force through our excellent volunteering opportunities as a Cadet or a Special Constable."

Officers from the Operation Dragoon Road Safety Team will also be attending to speak to people about roads policing and the importance of road safety.

More information on the Newcastle Mela can be found here - OR