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Posted on Monday 19 July 2021
PCSOs and wardens in North Lodge Park Darlingto

Police in Darlington have joined forces with partners to take part in five days of events to mark the first national Anti-Social Behaviour Awareness Week.

Durham Constabulary has teamed up with Darlington Borough Council, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service and Durham Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office to join a national campaign bringing together people and organisations from across the country to make communities safer.

Running from July 19 to 25, local police, firefighters and the council’s civic enforcement and housing teams will hit the streets to listen to community views.

In Darlington, there will be events at locations across the town:

Monday from 9.30am – 12pm, free microchipping for dog owners at North Lodge Park and from 2pm – 4.30pm, walkabout starting at Whitby Way shops, Branksome

Tuesday from 9.30am – 12pm, walkabout starting at Cockerton Green and from 2pm – 4.30pm, walkabout starting at Mowden Shops

Wednesday from 9.30am – 12pm, walkabout starting at Park Place Community Centre and from 2pm – 4.30pm, walkabout starting at Firthmoor Community Centre

Thursday from 9.30am – 12pm, walkabout starting at Hundens Lane, to the rear of Shelley Road and from 2pm – 4.30pm, walkabout starting at Skerne Park shops

Friday from 9.30am – 12pm, walkabout starting at Rise Carr College, Eldon Street and from 2pm – 4.30pm walkabout starting at Nightingale Avenue shops, Haughton

Darlington Police Inspector, Dean Haythornthwaite, said: “Everyone has a right to feel safe in their own home – antisocial behaviour is not something that people should have to put up with.

“This type of behaviour affects the whole community, which is why it’s really important that we all work together with our partners and local residents to tackle it.

“If you’re experiencing antisocial behaviour or want to know more about what the police and our partners are doing to tackle it, then please come along to one of the community events in your local area next week.

“The more you tell us about antisocial behaviour in your area, the more we can do to help make your community safer.”

Darlington Borough Council’s deputy leader, Jonathan Dulston, said: “We are working hard with our partners to help ensure Darlington is a safe place for everyone to live, work and visit.

“Anti-social behaviour is something that will not be tolerated and we’re delighted to be able to support this first national ASB Awareness Week and look forward to working with local residents to make our communities safer for all.”

Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, Joy Allen, said: “Following a crime survey I conducted last year with over 1200 respondents, 78% said anti-social behaviour was their number one priority within the community. This is a priority that the local people of County Durham and Darlington have raised so now we need to address it.

“A partnership approach to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour is absolutely key and I would like to work with partners to establish area based multi-agency hubs to support collaborative problem solving approaches to reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and victimisation.”

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service’s Community Safety Manager, Glen Stewart, said: “With the Summer holidays here, and with Covid-19 restrictions easing, we want to advise all parents and carers to play their part in helping to reduce ASB. They can do this by talking to their children and young people about the consequences of ASB which may include the starting of deliberate fires. These fires put them in harm’s way, and not only that, but these types of incidents take our valuable resources away from where they are needed most and can have a devastating impact on the community.

“If you’re experiencing antisocial behaviour, we along with our partners are always here to help. We would encourage anyone who has any information in relation to ASB and deliberate fire setting to contact Firestoppers anonymously on 0800 169 5888 or report online by visiting www.firestoppersreport.co.uk

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