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Making a mark in the community

Dated: 20 Dec 2012

Special Constable Neil Patton marking a childs bike.[View Full Size]

Police in Blyth have been making their mark in the community.

Special Constables Neil Patton and Natasha Kell, from the Blyth Neighbourhood Policing Team held a community event offering free bike marking and crime prevention advice.

The event, which was held at the policing pod at the Blyth Asda store, saw a number of cyclists have their bikes marked for free and scores of shoppers receive safety advice.

A colouring competition was held for youngsters with Asda donating prizes for the winners.

Blyth Neighbourhood Sergeant Garry Neill said: "The event was a huge success and I'd like to thank Asda for their support in organising the day.

"Our aim is to try and reach as many people as possible with our crime prevention messages and by working with local businesses and partners we are able to do that a lot more effectively.

"We security marked a number of bikes and were able to give people a timely reminder about protecting their homes and their property.

"Due to the success of this event we will look to run another in the new year - giving those lucky enough to have new bikes the opportunity to get them security marked."

The activity supports the force's current acquisitive crime campaign - 'Don't Advertise to Thieves'.

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