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What concerns do you have about your neighbourhood?
You said... Speeding
During April speeding motor vehicles still remained 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.
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 April, officers have been out across the Morpeth sector on 26 different occasions.
On those occasions 1498 vehicle checks were conducted.
Of those checks, there were 7 warnings issued and 1 endorsable fixed penalty ticket issued; this equates to 0.53 % of the vehicles checked.
The checks were conducted in Pegswood, Hebron, Longhirst, Ulgham, Mitford, A165 Stobhill Green Lane, Hepscott, Stannington, Acklington, West Thirston, Widdrington, Red Row, Scots Gap, Cambo, Hartburn, Mitford, and Longhorsley.
You said...ASB and Alcohol Related ASB
Residents in Morpeth, Pegswood, Widdrington, and Hadston have complained about anti-social behaviour and alcohol related anti-social behaviour causing a nuisance / disturbance and underage drinking in public places.
In response to Community concerns Morpeth Neighbourhood officers have been tasked to provide high profile patrols at specific times in 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
During April 2013 there has been a reduction in ASB over all by 3% in comparison to March 2013 and a 31% reduction during April 2013 in comparison to the April 2012.
Whilst in April 2013 Youth ASB has increased by 40%, Non-Youth ASB has decreased by 12% across the sector.
The increase in youth ASB can be attributed to a peak during the Easter 2 week holiday.
On 12 April 2013, Morpeth Neighbourhood Team organised a 5 a side football tournament - The Easter Shield at the Riverside Leisure centre in Morpeth.
The tournament was well publicised to local schools and organisations to encourage teams between the age of 11 and 13 from Morpeth, Stobhill and Pegswood.
The event was well received, the winning team received a shield and all taking part received a medal
This diversionary event focused children to play in a safe environment, reduce ASB in their home area and build up a positive relationship with the local Neighbourhood Officers.