Beat team prove they are party people

PCSO Linzi Graham, centre, at the Murton Glebe Centre Christmas party with left to right; Paul Penman vice chairman of the Murton Welfare Association, Ann Cowley Glebe Centre Manger, Tracey Booth from the Centre and Tom Scott from Murton Colliery Welfare Association.
PCSO Linzi Graham, centre, at the Murton Glebe Centre Christmas party with left to right; Paul Penman vice chairman of the Murton Welfare Association, Ann Cowley Glebe Centre Manger, Tracey Booth from the Centre and Tom Scott from Murton Colliery Welfare Association.
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COMMUNITY officers dished out advice as well as lunch as they joined in with a Christmas party.

Police Community Support Officers for Murton helped serve lunch at the pensioners’ celebration at the village’s Glebe Centre last week.

And it was a busy afternoon for the officers, with about 170 people taking part in the festive fun.

PCSOs Linzi Graham and Martin Nicholson, who has just joined Seaham Neighbourhood Policing Team, mingled with residents and got into the Christmas spirit.

As well as a hearty Christmas dinner, pensioners were also treated to a raffle and bingo.

PCSO Graham said: “We went and sat for a few hours with the older people and it gave us the chance to meet each other in a different setting.

“We got to know some of them a bit better and gave them the chance to meet the new PCSO, and for us to meet some of those we haven’t seen before.”

The team is now running a weekly surgery, which will be held at Murton Library from 3pm to 4pm each Friday.

Its next Pact meeting, where residents can raise issues and be brought up to date with incidents and efforts to solve crime-related issues, will take place on Monday, January 23, from 6.30pm.