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Northumbria Police to join in the festivities at Newcastle Mela 2017

23 Aug 2017 12:00 PM

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Northumbria Police will be supporting the 2017 Mela event in Newcastle this bank holiday weekend.

The Mela celebrates Pakistani, Bengali, Indian and other South Asian cultures and is a great opportunity for communities together.

Visitors will be greeted with a host of entertainment, have a chance to meet new people as well as enjoy different music, art and food in the city.

This year Newcastle Mela will be an extended event of celebrations that takes place over two days from Sunday, August 27, to Monday, August 28.

Each day the festival will be open 12 noon to 8pm with activities at the Town Moor. 

Northumbria Police will have a joint stall with Victims First Northumbria  at the event, while officers will be on regular patrols across the two days.

The stall will give visitors the opportunity to speak to officers, staff and volunteers about careers in policing and reporting of hate incidents and crimes.

Volunteers from the police Cadet Scheme and Special Constabulary 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.

Superintendent Nicola Musgrove, of Central Area Command, said: "This will be the first Mela festival since I joined Central Area Command and I can't wait to see what it is all about.

"It is a wonderful idea to bring all these communities together so that we can celebrate their heritage and culture.

"This is an opportunity for people of all backgrounds to mix and engage with groups they may not ordinarily socialise with.

"We will have police officers, staff and volunteers to speak to people about a career in the police.

"If you are in the area then come down and have a chat. Enjoy the music, the food and the wonderful people of this city."

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, said: “The Newcastle Mela is a wonderful occasion for people across Northumbria to come together and proudly celebrate the cultural diversity of our region.

“The Mela seems to get bigger year on year and I want to thank organisers and officers working the event to help ensure everything runs smoothly and hope it’s the best yet.”