Operation Community Pride in Ashington

28 Jan 2016 10:50 AM

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The second phase of Operation Community Pride is underway in Ashington.

Officers from the Ashington Neighbourhood Policing team carried out a series of early morning warrants yesterday, (Wednesday, January 27), as part of Operation Community Pride phase two.

As part of the operation police are targeting suspected burglars and thieves in the area whilst also carrying out warrants and addressing community concerns about graffiti, waste accumulation, crime, rogue landlords and nuisance tenants.

And yesterday morning Police have arrested a 31 year old man and 26 year old woman on suspicion of bringing a prohibited article into prison. Another two men, aged 27 and 25 have been arrested on suspicion of possessing controlled drugs. They all remain in police custody.

Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Harris said: "The second phase of Community Pride is off to a good start and should send a clear message to criminals that we are out to get them and will take action against anyone found to be causing harm to our communities.

"There will be a high police presence in the area this week with neighbourhood officers out on patrol and speaking with people to gather intelligence on criminals operating in the area.

"We also have a mobile police station in the heart of the community, Station Road, where officers will be speaking with shoppers, businesses and residents to address any quality of life issues they have.

"I can’t stress enough how much we need the community to work with us to make sure we are focusing on the right people, in the right areas and taking appropriate action.

"I will be hosting a community meeting at Ashington Town Hall on Tuesday, February 2 at 6pm and urge residents to come along and speak with me directly to raise any issues so we can take action.

"Community Pride is part of our everyday policing business and we will continue to work with our partners to bring a sense of pride back to the town."

Anyone with any information around criminal activity in their local community or who may have concerns about a vulnerable neighbour, friend or relative is asked to contact police on 101 or email or contact CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.