Police listen to community concerns
Dated: 17 May 2012
A high number of people in Morpeth are satisfied with the service they are getting from local officers.
The figure comes after neighbourhood officers, PC Dean Rowell and Community Support Officer Paul Moorhead, visited stores in the town to ask people about their community concerns.
Over a week, the officers spent time at Morrisons, M&S and Lidl, stopping more than 100 shoppers and collecting information so that resources can be focused and plans put in place to resolve any issues raised.
Of the 95 people who provided details, 71 said they were satisfied with the police and didn't report any concerns.
A further ten raised concerns about speeding, eight about parking and six raised issues around anti-social behaviour.
Neighbourhood Sergeant, Sharon Wilmore-Greaves, said: "We always look for ways to engage with people and to find out more about issues affecting them. This has been a perfect opportunity to do just that.
"We will look at the concerns raised and find ways of resolving them along with our partners.
"The Morpeth Neighbourhood Policing Team regularly monitor speeding in a variety of locations as a result of concerns raised by residents.
"Operation Go Slow has been running in a variety of locations across the town and surrounding villages and at different times to monitor the speed of traffic.
"This enables us to target motorists in areas highlighted by the community; provide a high profile presence for local residents and a deterrent to motorists and advise or warn drivers where appropriate.
"In the last month, 15 locations have been visited and 844 vehicles checked. None were found to be speeding."
Anyone with concerns in their neighbourhood can contact police on 101 extension 69191 or via the Northumbria Police website: