Watch scheme set up to help reduce crime

A new residents’ group has been established in an area of Morpeth to help make a community safer.

And the Kirkhill & High Church East Neighbourhood Watch Scheme is using social media to give people regular updates about its activities and any incidents.

It covers the area east of Springhill Walk and stretches as far as the Curly Kews bank and St Mary’s Church and the Sun Inn pub.

The group was set up by co-ordinator Paul Watson-Long to improve safety in the homes of vulnerable people in the area, reduce the number of house burglaries and distraction burglaries as well as the fear of crime and ensure that every elderly or vulnerable person living in east Kirkhill and High Church receives crime-related advice.

Its other aims are to promote good citizenship and greater public participation in the reduction and solution of crime and anti-social behaviour and liaise and work with the police, other neighbourhood/home watch groups and appropriate voluntary and statutory bodies in Kirkhill, High Church and other parts of Morpeth.

Mr Watson-Long said: “I wanted to do something to help tackle the crime and anti-social behaviour that goes on in this area and reduce the fear of crime, especially among vulnerable residents.

“Residents have been supportive and membership is growing week by week as we spread the word about the group.

“We will produce monthly newsletters, but our main focus is through social media and email as we will be giving our members as much immediate up-to-date information as possible.”

For more information about the scheme, call 01670 943101 or email

The group has also registered with the Neighbourhood Watch national body – visit for more information.