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Keeping Durham safe

Published October 09, 2019 2.28pm


Two dedicated neighbourhood wardens have been appointed to patrol Durham City centre following concerns about the behaviour of a small group of troublemakers.

The measure is one of a number we are introducing through the Durham City Safety Group in response to concerns from businesses and shoppers about the actions of the group.

While the issues are predominantly being caused by a small minority of people, working with partner organisations, we are keen to crackdown on the problem.

Anyone who is experiencing problems with anti-social behaviour or other community safety issues, should contact us or call the police non-emergency number on 101.

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Regular patrols and supporting police

The two dedicated neighbourhood wardens will now be based in the city, carrying out regular patrols and supporting police patrols. As well as being on hand to deal with any incidents as they happen, they will also work closely with businesses, visitors and residents to offer reassurance and support.

Work will also include looking at how troublemakers can be deterred from meeting in problem areas as well as closer monitoring of CCTV in the city centre.

A safe and welcoming city

Cllr Lucy Hovvels MBE, our Cabinet member for community safety, said: "It is important for people to know that Durham is a safe and welcoming city - and that's the message we want to get across through this initiative.

"This isn't just about warning the small minority of people behaving badly that their actions will not be tolerated. It's just as much about having a visible presence in the city to reassure businesses, residents and visitors to the city that, along with the police, we are here to help and support them."

Cllr Joy Allen, Cabinet member for transformation, culture and tourism, said: "Durham is a beautiful city with a rich history and heritage. It draws visitors from around the globe thanks to its international reputation for a vibrant culture, innovation and warm and welcoming residents.

"We are aware, however, that there are currently a small number of individuals who are coming into the city centre and causing a nuisance to those who work, visit and shop here.

"It is extremely important that these people are not able to spoil our wonderful city for everyone else. That's why we are working closely with the police and other partners to tackle the issues they are causing."

Finding a long-term solution

Adam Deathe, Durham BID manager, said: "Durham BID is extremely grateful to DCC and Durham Constabulary for increasing their efforts in proactively engaging with fellow stakeholders and support organisations in an effort to signpost individuals to appropriate support.

"As Durham BID manager, I am also working with parties to ensure that we find a long-term solution to such a complex matter. I am confident that all parties are committed to the city and to ensuring that all users enjoy what our magnificent city has to offer."

Durham City Neighbourhood Inspector Andrea Arthur said: "We welcome the addition of two dedicated neighbourhood wardens and will continue to work with our partners to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

"We would like to reassure members of the community that we will continue to have a visible presence in the city in order to meet their needs.

"Members of our neighbourhood police team have been out on the streets, using the powers at our disposal to address any concerns that have arisen."

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