A CRACKDOWN on antisocial behaviour and neighbourhood nuisances has been launched to clear up communities in the new year.
Irresponsible dog owners, fly-tippers and speeding motorists are among those being targeted during the initiative, which will run across East Durham.
Durham County Council, Durham Constabulary and other members of the Safe Durham Partnership are joining forces with residents to tackle a range of issues.
Sergeant Jim Peel, from Seaham Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The new year is traditionally the time for having a clear-out, so it seems like the perfect opportunity to clean up our neighbourhoods and make a fresh start.
“Over the coming weeks, we will be working to address the antisocial issues that can have a big impact on everyday lives and encouraging people to work together to make our communities more inviting places to live.”
This week, the action will focus on the South Hetton and Murton areas, with representatives from a wide range of organisations taking part in a community walkabout today.
Stray Aid will also be offering free dog chipping during a session at the Robin Todd Centre between 10am and 2pm today.
Dogs must be at least 10 weeks old and have had their first injections.
On Monday, activities will move to the Easington area, with two community walkabouts, including one around the A, B and C streets, a dog-chipping session at Easington Social Welfare Centre and a Community Speedwatch, where police will team up with residents to monitor the speed of traffic.
A speed check will also be mounted in Grants Houses.
On Tuesday, January 22, a mobile Pact meeting, which gives residents the chance to speak to their beat bobbies as well as other community leaders, will be held in the car park at Asda in Seaham, with its time to be confirmed.
Partner organisations will also be involved in a range of activities in the Haswell, Seaham, Easington and Murton areas.
Police are also using the campaign to raise awareness of the Neighbourhood Watch schemes which run throughout the district and aim to recruit new members.
For more information contact the council’s Safer Neighbourhoods Unit on 03000 268 885.