Police and partners work together to improve local park

23 Aug 2016 13:00 PM

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Work is due to get underway to restore a historic bandstand to its former glory as police work with partners to improve a local park in South Shields.

West Park is home to an original Grade II Listed octagonal bandstand which is a great example of the architecture of the genre when the park opened more than 120 yeras ago in 1894. The bandstand is  also becoming incredibly rare and one of its kind.

And, as restoration is due to begin to bring the bandstand back to life, work has been on-going to tidy up the park ensuring any anti-social behaviour and litter is kept to a minimum.

Regular police patrols are carried out throughout the park. The Safe Stop car regularly patrols the area at the times when police know young people are more likely to be out and about.

The Safe Stop car is a dedicated police patrol car aimed at identifying any young people who may be vulnerable - for whatever reason - and ensuring they are ok. Vulnerable young people will be taken home or to a place of safety to make sure they are not at risk of becoming involved in crime or a victim of crime.

In addition, Police Dogs are taken for a walk through the park at night to ensure it remains peaceful.

Litter picks are regularly carried out, in conjunction with local businesses, and police are looking to work with the Youth Offending Service to see young offenders carry out work to keep the park clean and tidy as part of their rehabilitative work in the community.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, said: "The West Park is a lovely part of South Shields and I’m delighted to read that the band stand which stands watch over Stanhope Road will be restored to its former glory.  The police will continue to work with the local council to tackle issues such as anti-social behaviour, we want the park to be enjoyed by people of all ages, not spoilt by a small minority. 

If you are enjoying a stroll in West Park and see anti-social behaviour there, please report it – by ringing 101."

Neighbourhood Sergeant Steve Prested, who covers the area, said: "The park is a great attraction for the local area and we want to make sure people are able to come along and enjoy the many activities it has on offer and are able to do so safely.

"We know young people like to meet up with their friends in the park and it is a great facility for them to be able to do so, we don't want to stop them from using the park we just want to make sure this doesn't get out of hand and turn into anti-social behaviour or become a nuisance for other people using the park.

"It's important we take steps to make sure we address any concerns before they become an issue and are committed to making sure we do all we can along with our partners at the South Tyneside Council to make community areas even more enjoyable places for our local residents."

Councillor Norman Dick, speaking on behalf of the three ward councillors, said: "West Park is a valuable community facility which is well-loved by local people across all generations.

"By working proactively in partnership with the police we can make sure this beautiful natural resource remains in a pristine condition and is accessible for everyone to use at all times of the day."

To find out more about policing in your area visit the Northumbria Police website follow @NPSouthTyneside @NPSWestShields on Twitter and visit Northumbria Police Southern Area Command South Tyneside facebook pages.

Photo caption: Sgt Steve Prested with Councillors Anne Hetherington, Norman Dick and Gladys Hobson

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