A scheme that aims to prevent shop crime in Sunderland has scooped an award.
Sunderland Shopwatch sees retailers and The Bridges Shopping Centre working together to share information to help prevent and detect shoplifting and other crimes, such as pick-pocketing, in the city centre.
The North East Retail Crime Partnership (NERCP) held its annual conference this month, where the initiative won the award for Best Shopwatch scheme in the Region.
Laura Hartland Adams, from Sunderland Bid who recently took over as the new chairwoman of Sunderland City Centre Shopwatch, said: “It is fantastic news that the scheme has won the award.
“It’s recognition of the great work of the city centre police and the businesses do, and I’m so glad that Sunderland Bid are joining in with this partnership.”
Andrew Bradley from The Bridges Shopping Centre said: “We are delighted that Sunderland has won this prestigious award for the second year running and that the partnership between retailers and the police is working well.
"It also shows our shoppers that we are committed to ensuring that the city is a safe place to visit and stamping out crime in the city centre.”
The scheme is supported by officers from the Sunderland Central Neighbourhood Policing Team.
Neighbourhood Inspector, Jamie Southwell, said: “I’m delighted that it has been recognised for the second year running.
“Excellent partnership working and information sharing is crucial, and its schemes such as these that really do help make a difference.”