Shoppers talk crime

POLICE have been chatting to Morpeth shoppers to ask them about their crime concerns.

And of more than 100 people stopped, the vast majority said they had no complaints.

Neighbourhood officers PC Dean Rowell and Community Support Officer Paul Moorhead carried out the exercise at Morrisons, Marks and Spencer and Lidl.

Of the 95 people who gave their details, 71 per cent said they were satisfied with the police and had nothing to report.

A further ten complained about speeding, eight raised parking concerns and six were worried about anti-social behaviour.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Sharon Wilmore-Greaves said: “We always look for ways to engage with people and to find out more about issues affecting them. This has been a perfect opportunity to do just that.

“We will look at the concerns raised and find ways of resolving them along with our partners.”

She said that regular monitoring is carried out to check for speeding. In the last month, 15 sites have been visited and 844 vehicles checked. None were found to be speeding.

“Operation Go Slow has been running in a variety of locations across the town and surrounding villages and at different times to monitor the speed of traffic,” she said.

“This enables us to target motorists in areas highlighted by the community, provide a high-fweeprofile presence for local residents and a deterrent to motorists, and advise or warn drivers where appropriate.”

For any crime concerns, ontact officers on 101, ext 69191, or visit www.northumbria.police.uk