Ashington Town Council funds the town centre’s CCTV provision with images sent directly to Ashington Police Station. The provision of CCTV is an important tool for Northumbria Police in both preventing and identifying the perpetrators of crime in the town.
The Town Council is also supporting Northumbria Police with funding for initiatives that tackle organised criminality in the town.
Ashington’s Neighbourhood Policing Team have recently dismantled organised drug dealing as well as targeting speeding issues.
Neighbourhood Inspector, Phil Patterson, said ‘We are targeting drug dealers and have recently seized drugs with a street value of around £300k from several addresses. We are also targeting road traffic offenders and officers have been deployed with hand-held speed guns to tackle speeding issues across the town. Since March we have also seized over 200 vehicles for a range of offences’.
The Town Council works closely with Ashington’s Neighbourhood Policing Team and host regular Police And Community Together (PACT) meetings, most recently taking place on-line. The meetings provide an opportunity for residents to raise any policing issues in Ashington with senior local officers.
To support the Police the Town Council has also recently funded the purchase of bicycles to help officers respond more quickly than on foot as well as targeting areas that are difficult to access by a motor vehicle. The Town Council has also funded the town’s very own Mini Police Force, based at the James Knott Campus, with the scheme encouraging young people to make their community a better place to live.
If you would like to raise any policing issues in Ashington keep an eye on the Town Council's website for details of the next PACT meeting.
If you wish to report an incident taking place now visit https://beta.northumbria.police.uk/ or call 101. In the case of an emergency always call 999.
You can also give crime information anonymously via the Crimestoppers Charity by visiting https://crimestoppers-uk.org/ or calling 0800 555 111.