Anti-crime subway overhaul

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A GROTTY subway is getting a major makeover today as part of a community respect day.

Graffiti artists from Graff Class will be getting their hands on the subway between Beverley Court and Spout Lane, Concord, when they transform it with their anti-crime message.

To mark the overhaul, Washington Neighbourhood Policing Team and Safer Sunderland Partnership have teamed up to invite residents to see the work in progress, talk about any issues they may have and enjoy the activities, which take place between 10am and 4pm.

Activities on offer include a climbing wall, the mobile youth bus and a bouncy castle.

Inspector Paul Barrett said: “The past few community respect days we have held have been hugely successful, with lots of members of the community coming along to support the graffiti artists and enjoy the activities.

“The artwork has not only brightened up the subways, but it has encouraged people to take more pride in the area and to be more considerate.”

Stuart Douglass, Sunderland City Council safer communities manager, added: “Promoting greater understanding and respect between people is vital in helping us to feel more safe and secure in our communities.”