Police and council teams set up new base in Washington

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A NEW team is aiming to help Wearsiders feel safer in Washington.

Police, council bosses, probation staff and housing groups are working together from a base in Waterloo Walk, Sulgrave.

The Neighbourhood Management Team, as they are known, aim to work together to share resources and expertise to improve quality of life for residents.

So far, the base has held drug and alcohol advice and landlord accreditation sessions. Plans are in the pipeline for further advice sessions on borrowing from loan sharks, domestic abuse, housing benefits and Job Centre Plus.

Inspector Paul Stewart, of Northumbria Police, said: “I hope people take advantage of what’s on offer at the base and let us know any issues they feel should be made a priority so we can take action.”

Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council and chairman of the Safer Sunderland Partnership, Councillor Harry Trueman, said: “Being based at community level gives us the opportunity to quickly identify local issues and then use our shared resources and expertise to do something about them.”

Mary Stratford, Northumbria Probation Trust’s Sunderland IOM Manager, said: “We are working closely to target high crime causers in the neighbourhood to help them move away from an offending lifestyle. We very much welcome this new initiative and look forward to reducing crime and improving the quality of life for all residents.”