Road offences top crime concerns

Police have been finding out what matters most to Northumberland residents.

Last month officers from the Morpeth Neighbourhood Policing Team went out and about across the sector’s rural villages of Hadston, Widdrington, Hepscott, Longhorsley, Scots Gap, Wallington and Cambo to speak to residents about their crime concerns.

The survey showed that half of the people spoken to had no concerns. However, more than 30 per cent were anxious about road safety and speeding, about 16 per cent were concerned about parking, noise, and dog mess, and almost three per cent wanted to see more police patrols in villages.

Morpeth Neighbourhood Sergeant Sharon Wilmore-Greaves said: “It’s vital that we work together with residents to find out what concerns people the most and make sure we’re tackling those issues.

“As a result of the consultation, road reassurance and speeding will be the main priority for the neighbourhood team during this month.

“Further engagement days will take place across the Morpeth sector to ensure residents feel safe where they live and give them the opportunity to speak with local officers, find out about policing in their area and raise any concerns.

“It’s also a great opportunity for officers to make sure residents have crime prevention advice to keep themselves and their property safe.”