Coastwatch scheme launched in Sunderland
26 Apr 2017 08:38 AM[View Full Size]
Northumbria Police and partners have launched its first ever Sunderland Coast Watch scheme.
Sunderland East Neighbourhood Policing Team has joined forces with the Heritage Coast Team; Sunderland City Council and local councillors to offer its support to the scheme which hopes to protect the city's coastal areas.
To launch the event last Thursday, local residents were invited to take part in a free community guided coastal walk.
After meeting at Ryhope Community Association in Black Road the group took the England Coast Path along the coast taking in Ryhope Dene and Ryhope Village.
Coast Watch is a scheme to take action and reduce environmental crime, anti-social behaviour and vandalism along the coast. It aims to improve security and increase vigilance along the coast, cut crime and the opportunity for crime and raise awareness of the impacts of environmental crime.
Sunderland East Neighbourhood Inspector Jamie Southwell said: "Sunderland has some beautiful coastal areas and we want to make sure they remain protected and free from crime and anti-social behaviour which is why we're pleased to join up with the Heritage Coast Team and Sunderland city council to support the Coast Watch scheme.
"By working together in partnership along with our local communities we can help make sure everyone visiting the Sunderland coast has a safe and enjoyable visit."
Members to the scheme will get exclusive email updates, be the first to know the latest information and direct access to crime prevention advice.
To sign up to the scheme call 101 and ask to speak to the Sunderland East Neighbourhood Policing Team or call Coastwatch on 03000 268 131.