Officers get on their bikes in Blyth

Officers from Blyth have got extra pedal power thanks to a donation of mountain bikes.

Officers from Blyth neighbourhood Policing team have been given two bikes after applying to the Improving Croft and Cowpen Quay (ICCQ) charity fund via Northumberland County Councillor Kath Nisbet.

The ICCQ is a local scheme set up by residents, a community partnership initiative, and shows the majority of the estate want to make their neighbourhood a better place and help the police to reduce anti-social behaviour (ASB) to make the area even safer.

The team are now using the bikes to carry out patrols across the 12 Streets area of Blyth and beyond.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Jonny Pallace said: “These bikes are a very welcome addition to our team and make our officers even more visible to the community as they patrol the streets and tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

“They also also make it easier for officers to access areas that are more difficult to reach in a car. They’ve been a big success with officers and the public and we’re very pleased to have them.”

Councillor Nisbet said: "I'm delighted we're able to help local officers with this donation.

"This initiative is all about working in partnership for the good of the community and I know the bikes provide the police with much more flexibility, as well as making them even more visible and approachable for local residents." 

 This donation also supports the 12 Streets operation in Blyth which aims to improve the quality of life for local residents. The initiative started on October 9 and runs for 28 days, with a series of continued activity between police and partners, targeting the local issues which matter to residents.  

Fergusons Cycles in Blyth wanted to help reduce ASB in the town so they agreed to supply the bikes at a special rate for the ICCQ charity.
Anyone with issues about crime or anti-social behaviour where they live should contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 101.

Pictured left to right: Cllr Kath Nisbet, Mick Scott (Fergusons) , PC  Steve West, PCSO  Rich Hanson, Sgt  Jonny Pallace, Cllr Margaret Richardson and Steven Whitaker (Manager Fergusons).
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