New recruits join the crime-fighters

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THERE’LL be some new faces on the Morpeth beat.

Inspector Dave Morrison has joined the town’s policing team, along with new Police Community Support Officers Simon Beavers and Susan McCallum.

Insp Morrison is well acquainted with Northumberland, having previously worked as Neighbourhood Sergeant in Bedlington.

He is hoping to use his experience to forge stronger relationships with the community and plans to work alongside local businesses, residents’ groups and partner organisations to address public concerns.

“I’m looking forward to a new challenge of being a Neighbourhood Inspector for Morpeth and working closely with partner agencies and the community to provide an effective solution to local problems,” he said;

“Neighbourhood policing enables us to spend more time in the community finding out what concerns residents have and dealing with these in an appropriate way.

“Officers are able to build trust and confidence with the community and it’s this trust and confidence which encourages residents to come forward with any concerns they have, as well as providing us with information about specific incidents.

“I will be ensuring our links with partner agencies, youth groups and the community are stronger than ever so that we can continue to keep Morpeth a safe place to live, work and visit.”

PCSO Beavers will work in the Cresswell, Widdrington, Hadston and Acklington areas, supporting PC Paul Dent.

PCSO McCallum joins PC Andrea Teasdale to police the rural communities of Scots Gap, Cambo, Mitford and Longhorsley.

Insp Morrison said: “The PCSOs are a welcome addition to the team and I’d encourage residents to stop and chat to them when they are out on patrol and raise any issues they have in their neighbourhood.”

To contact the policing team call 101, ext 69191, or visit the website at www.northumbria.police.uk