Concerns aired on police chief visit

Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird meeting local residents and representitives from local Parish Councils around the Hadston area to speak with them about issues in the area.
Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird meeting local residents and representitives from local Parish Councils around the Hadston area to speak with them about issues in the area.

THE region’s police chief paid a visit to Northumberland to find out about community concerns.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird visited Hadston on Friday after she was invited to chat to residents and parish representatives by local councillor Scott Dickinson.

Ms Baird had been due to take a tour of the area to see crime and disorder hot spots and hear about local crime success stories, before travelling on to Widdrington Station for a similar outing.

However, bad weather put paid to the plans and residents settled for a question and answer session at Hadston House instead.

Widdrington Station and Stobswood Parish Council Chairman Joe Sennett said: “The original plan was to show Ms Baird the area at the back of the Co-op in our park where youths would go with their booze and all sorts. We have pulled all the rubbish out and filled it in, which has stopped the problem.

“Unfortunately, the weather just wasn’t right so we all agreed to stay in the centre.

“There were local residents there from all over the place, including Ulgham, Widdrington Village and Widdrington Station. It was a good turn-out.”

Coun Sennett told Ms Baird about the need to maintain a community police officer in the area.

“She was very up-front and right to the point. She answered whatever people asked so it was very good,” he said.

“One of my concerns is that when our last community police officer left, it was the best part of a year before we got another one so with all the cuts I wanted assurance on that because we need a police officer for this area.

“Ms Baird told me that she would come to a parish meeting to answer any questions that people have, no problem at all.

“It was a very good event and a good opportunity for people to raise their concerns.”