POLICE have warned youngsters to take care when playing near the region’s roads.
Officers have issued the warning to coincide with the school summer holidays when more children are on the streets, playing football, riding bikes or joining in games.
Motorists are also advised to take extra care.
Acting Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt, of Northumbria Police Operations Command, said: “The school holidays mean there’s lots of children playing out in the street and on their bikes. It’s vital they take care around the roads.
“They need to stop, look and listen before walking or cycling into the road and make sure the road is clear before they cross. They should use pedestrian crossings wherever possible.
“I’d urge parents to speak to their children to make sure they are aware of how important it is to stay safe when playing outdoors.
“We want young people to enjoy the school holiday and by taking care when playing around the region’s roads, they can ensure they have a safe and happy one.”