A crackdown on anti-social behaviour 'hotspots' in a part of Sunderland has been launched.
Officers from Sunderland West Neighbourhood Police team hit the streets of Silksworth to find out what work was being done to tackle problems causing issues for residents.
They were joined by housing group Gentoo and Councillors Pat Smith and Peter Gibson.
Pc Michael Urwin who carried out the patrols said: "This was a great opportunity for us to highlight the work that police and partners have done in the areas where concerns have been raised around anti-social behaviour."
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, said: “Activity such as this demonstrates that when an issue is raised, police and partners will come together to take action and reduce the impact it has on the local neighbourhood. I will ensure that tackling ASB and disorder will remain a priority for Northumbria Police and residents can be assured that officers will continue to crack down on those causing trouble in our neighbourhoods.”
Tackling anti-social behaviour remains important for the local neighbourhood policing team.
Local Neighbourhood Inspector Tony Carty said: "We recognise the impact anti-social behaviour can have on our local communities and how it can affect the quality of life for local residents and will continue to work with our local partners, such as Gentoo and the local authority, to take action against those who cause the most harm and disruption.
As the local neighbourhood team our priority is listening and responding to the concerns our communities have and I hope they feel reassured we are doing all we can to resolve their concerns."
Chair of the Safer Sunderland Partnership, Councillor Harry Trueman said: “Working with ward councillors at community level, we can identify people’s local concerns and combine our resources accordingly to do something about them.
"Neighbourhood patrols provide both a re-assuring presence and a visible deterrent in our combined efforts to tackle anti-social behaviour."
More information about local neighbourhood policing teams is available on the local neighbourhood pages of the Northumbria Police website www.northumbria.police.uk