Agencies working together during day of action
Fire crews will take part in a day of action against deliberate fires, anti-social behaviour and crime in the Newton Aycliffe area on Thursday 2 June.
County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS) will join Durham Police, Durham County Council and Livin Housing in the Greenfield and Middridge ward of Newton Aycliffe from 10am until 4pm.
During the day, firefighters and officers from all agencies taking part will be out and about meeting people in Eskdale Place, Langdale Place and Silverdale Place in Newton Aycliffe.
The aim of the event is to help people feel safer in their local community. Each service will be sharing information and providing practical help to reassure local people. The agencies taking part will also be there to listen and act on any issues raised.
Durham County Council will remove rubbish from public areas, police officers will provide crime prevention advice and promote Neighbourhood Watch, CDDFRS will carry out Safe and Wellbeing visits fitting smoke alarms when needed and offering referrals to health and housing services if requested.
Phil Innis, Darlington area district manager for CDDFRS, said: “We want to help create and protect communities that are safe and well across County Durham and Darlington. We are pleased to be working with our partners in the police, council, housing and health to be able to do this. Action days such as this help us to focus our efforts and speak to people in particular areas and find out what is needed and what will work in a specific neighbourhood; a blanket approach to prevention and protecting people from fire, crime and anti-social behaviour is not good enough.”
Neighbourhood inspector Mark Edwards said: “Anti-social behaviour has been an on-going problem in the Williamfield area of Newton Aycliffe. We don’t underestimate the impact this can have on local people. The neighbourhood policing team here, along with partners in the fire service and other agencies, continue to work together to address the concerns of local residents. As a result of this we have seen a reduction in incidents, in particular fewer reports of anti-social behaviour and deliberate fires.
“We have had a number of excellent results including one local youth receiving a criminal anti-social behaviour order and another youth an anti-social behaviour order in connection with incidents in this location. We hope that this community event will offer us the opportunity to update local people on what has been happening so far, and encourage them to support us in our future efforts to improve the area.”
Ian Hoult Durham County Council’s neighbourhood protection manager said: “By working together we can do so much more to improve and enhance our neighbourhoods. This action day helps us to work with the vast majority of people who take a real pride in where they live and to get the message out to those who don’t that we won’t tolerate envirocrimes.”