Community Pride week of action in Ashington

25 Jan 2016 12:07 PM

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Officers from the Ashington Neighbourhood Policing team have launched phase two of Operation Community Pride.

In a week of action starting today, (Monday, January 25) officers will target those suspected of burglary and the handling of stolen goods in Ashington.

Phase one of Community Pride launched last October and a number of offenders were arrested for the supply of Class-A drugs and police were joined by key partners in a month of action tackling the issues affecting residents the most.

Since then officers from the Ashington Neighbourhood Policing Team have been working relentlessly to make Ashington a safer place to live and work in, and have focused their attention on burglars and those suspected of handling stolen goods in the area.

A/Superintendent for Northern Area Command, Jamie Pitt, said: "The first phase of Operation Community Pride was a real success and we had great feedback from the community.

"Since then officers have been working tirelessly to address another issue of concern for residents of Ashington - burglary and theft - and we have already made a good number of arrests.

"This week is about turning up the pressure on burglars and thieves operating in our community and bringing them to justice.

"Community Pride is a real partnership operation and we will be supported by our key partners at Northumberland County Council and local housing associations to tackle on-going issues such as graffiti, waste accumulation and nuisance tenants. 

"Our mobile police station will be parked up on Station Road from Monday to Thursday and we urge residents to pop in to speak with an officer face-to-face so they can act on any issues straight away.

"And as always we continue to ask residents to help us by making it even more difficult for burglars to operate in our community.

"Our advice is always make sure doors and windows are secured and good quality locks are used on buildings such as sheds, garages and outhouses.

"Officers will be carrying out extra patrols in the area throughout this week to remind residents of the steps they can take to prevent themselves from being a victim of crime and we'd urge people to make sure they keep their homes and belongings secure from thieves."

Further crime prevention advice is available on the Northumbria Police website

Residents are also urged to register any valuable items on the national property registering database immobilise by visiting