Car park patrols stepped up

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CAR park patrols are stepping up in Northumberland to try to deter thieves.

A partnership has been formed of Northumbria Police, Northumberland National Parks Association, The Forestry Commission, National Trust and Northumberland County Council to visit isolated car parks to carry out checks and advise people not to leave their valuables on show.

Items sometimes left in vehicles include handbags, cameras and iPods.

Sergeant Graham Vickers said: “As the summer holidays approach and visitors will increase to the many Northumberland beauty spots we’re reminding visitors not to leave valuables on display, keep their vehicles locked and secure bikes, even if they’re just leaving them for a minute.

“We’ve teamed up with all our partner agencies in Northumberland to carry out spot checks on car parks across the rural areas.

“We’re also reminding visitors to park considerably and respect the countryside. Anti-social behaviour can also be an issue, such as littering or damage caused by barbecues, so again we are asking people who are visiting to be respectful of those who live here.”