CHANGES to the neighbourhood wardens service are proving successful.
A new shift pattern means the wardens are now on duty during evenings and on weekends across County Durham.
Changes to working arrangements also mean wardens have taken on responsibility for collecting stray dogs.
They have also been better able to tackle low-level antisocial behaviour, including underage alcohol seizures
Oliver Sherratt, head of direct services at Durham County Council, said: “The wardens service is there to tackle local issues and provide reassurance to communities.”