Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Police Spokesman Hails Crime-Busting Bicycles

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Police Spokesman Hails Crime-Busting Bicycles

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Byline: DARREN KELSO Print Content Editor

WHEN police in Ashington highlighted the need to more quickly reach parts of the town that are difficult to access by motor vehicle the response was: On yer bike!

And new bicycles bought by Ashington Town Council will mean local police can do just that, enabling them to respond more quickly than on foot and be a more visible presence to residents.

Neighbourhood inspector Kevin Waring said: "We welcome the support from the Town Council in purchasing the new bicycles which will enhance the range of our foot patrols and make officers more accessible to residents.

"There are places in Ashington that are difficult to access with a vehicle, and the bicycles will give us greater flexibility and a more rapid response to criminal activity in the town. The bicycles will also provide opportunities for officers to promote road safety and bike security to residents."

The support from the Council is in response to the Life in Ashington 2018 Residents' Survey, which found that 84% of residents feel safe during the day but there was still work to be done in improving feelings of safety after dark, particularly in the Hirst, Central and College Wards.

In addition to the new bicycles, Ashington has also launched its very own Mini Police Force, based at the James Knott Campus.

Pupils have volunteered to become mini police officers and will be working with Ashington's Neighbourhood Policing Team during the current academic year.

One of the first tasks for the Mini Force was supporting local officers at Ashington's Remembrance Day service and parade last weekend.

Insp Waring added: "The scheme is aimed at children in year five (aged nine to 10) and focuses on the contribution the young people can make in their community to make it a better place. …

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