Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Leading the Way

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Leading the Way

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Byline: Sarah Stack

Stockton's steps to lock out trouble could set a precedent all over the country.

Word on the town's new-style alley gates, designed with the backing of residents, is heading for Whitehall.

During a visit to Thornaby, crime reduction minister Hazel Blears said the area's alley gate scheme was the best she had seen.

"Alley gates are a cost-effective solution to making people feel safe, and these gates are secure and designed well, with the support of local residents," said Ms Blears.

"They have made a difference to people's quality of life and I want to see if we can turn the scheme here into a national programme."

Residents, youth workers, community wardens and police spoke of how the scheme has made a difference in the town.

The alley behind Dave Gregory's Grange Road home is among those secured. The 71-year-old said: "The gates look good, and since they have been there we are no longer getting rubbish dumped there. …

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