Team effort to put an end to trouble

here TO HELP: Insp Paul Stewart with Coun Harry Trueman, deputy leader of Sunderland City Council and chairman of the Safer Sunderland Partnership, with representatives of the antisocial behaviour team, probation service and drug and alcohol team at Waterloo Court, Sulgrave, Washington.

here TO HELP: Insp Paul Stewart with Coun Harry Trueman, deputy leader of Sunderland City Council and chairman of the Safer Sunderland Partnership, with representatives of the antisocial behaviour team, probation service and drug and alcohol team at Waterloo Court, Sulgrave, Washington.

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A PROJECT aimed at reducing antisocial behaviour in parts of Washington has been officially launched.

It is hoped the community-based pilot will nip problems in the bud before they have become bad enough that residents are prompted to ask for help.

Based in Waterloo Walk, Sulgrave, the so-called neighbour management team is made up by police, council, the Probation Service, housing provider Gentoo, as well as organisations working with domestic abuse and drugs and alcohol support.

The aim of the project is to help improve the quality of life of those living in the area.

The team will also work closely with landlords not only to reduce criminal behaviour, but also to improve housing standards.

Councillor Harry Trueman, from Sunderland City Council, said: “We are working towards a more targeted approach to identifying problems.

“Rather than asking people to come to see us, we are going out into the community to meet and talk to them.

“Working together we can achieve a lot more, not only identifying problems and causes but also involving residents in shaping decisions on policies and services.

“Empowering and building confidence with residents and landlords is key to this neighbourhood management approach being successful.” Vera Baird, Northumbria’s Crime Commissioner, added: “There is a clear commitment to improving neighbourhood services in Sulgrave and Concord.

“Northumbria Police will continue to support partners and officers will continue to meet with local residents to ensure their policing requirements are being met.”