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You said, we did...

You Said...Road Reassurance

During November road reassurance was identified as a Neighbourhood Priority as a result of correspondence from residents, and engagement days in the Morpeth sector towns and villages, where concern was raised in relation to speeding motor vehicles travelling through the same towns and villages across the sector.  

We Did...

Morpeth Neighbourhood officers have provided a visible presence in and around the villages and locations that have been identified by the residents, at the times specified.
In November, officers have been out across the Morpeth sector on 7 different occasions.
On those occasions 809 vehicle checks were conducted.
Of those checked, there was 1 warning issued.  
The checks were conducted in Pegswood, Longhirst, Mitford, Hepscott, Stobhill.

Also in November, Morpeth Neighbourhood team worked together with our partners VOSA on Operation Gatsby.
This is where vehicles are stopped and checked for
- vehicle related offences and road traffic offences
- criminal matters
- intelligence purposes

During the half day operation over a number of sites: 
16 vehicles were stopped and checked
 7 prohibition notices were issued for various offences
many items of intelligence were gathered.

You Said...ASB

Residents and retailers in Morpeth Town Centre, have complained about youths causing a disturbance around The Riverside area and a nuisance at the rear of Morpeth retail stores by rummaging through the skip bins and throwing rubbish on the ground causing a mess with the litter.

We Did...

In response to the Community concerns Morpeth Neighbourhood officers have been tasked to provide high profile patrols at specific times in the specific locations to:
- prevent anti social behaviour
- gather information
- enforce the law and deal with anti- social behaviour and criminal behaviour robustly
- provide reassurance to the public that their concerns are taken seriously   

Officers have reported offenders around The Riverside to Operation Dragoon where their vehicles are targeted and checked for offences.
Dispersal Orders under the new Anti-Socal Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 have been considered for the designated area where their behaviour is contributing or likely to contribute to members of the public being harassed alarmed or distressed and direction is necessary to remove or reduce the likelihood of ASB.

Officers have reviewed CCTV and have identified offenders causing mess with litter around the retail skip bins. This evidence will be passed on to Northumberland County Council for prosecution of the offenders.

During November 2014 has been a decrease in reported ASB in comparison to October 2014 by 12 incidents; 56 in comparison to 68; 43 of these were none youth related and 13 were youth related ASB incidents.
Overall, there has been an 8% reduction in ASB in November  2014 compared to November 2013; this is a 24% reduction in youth ASB and 2% reduction in none youth ASB. 

The decrease is due to the targeted patrols of officers to hot spot locations and dealing robustly with target offenders.