Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Eyes and Ears of the Community

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Eyes and Ears of the Community

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The 12 neighbourhood wardens in Newcastle's West End help to deter crime and tackle environmental problems.

The wardens act as the eyes and ears of the community, reporting and dealing with any criminal behaviour and providing a reassuring presence on the street.

The team also help to make sure that problems such as fly-tipping, vandalism, litter and graffiti are dealt with quickly.

Similar schemes in Hull and Manchester have helped to cut crime rates by over 30%. The wardens' scheme is funded by Newcastle New Deal for Communities, the European Regional Development Fund and Newcastle City Council, and is operated by the council's Neighbourhood Services Department.

The wardens can be contacted on (0191) 277-3775.

It's better all round

NEWCASTLE New Deal for Communities Neighbourhood Wardens (their full title) are run as part of Newcastle New Deal for Communities ( a pounds 55m Government-funded programme in the city's West End.

The idea behind the programme is to get local residents to take the lead in changing for the better life in the communities of Arthur's Hill, Cruddas Park, Rye Hill and Elswick. …

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