We asked, You Said, We did
How we have addressed the local issues you raised with us.
What concerns do you have about your neighbourhood?
Theft of mobile telephones, wallets and purses are a problem in the city centre.
We have a number of ongoing operations, including high profile and covert to prevent this crime. We are targeting known offenders and work together with other forces to identify and target travelling criminals who visit Newcastle. We are working with local bar staff, doormen, hotels and other partners to tackle this crime and act promptly on any intelligence.
You expressed concern in relation to underage drinking in the pubs and clubs of Newcastle
We have acted on intelligence provided often by school teachers and done proactive Test Purchase operations in a number of pubs and clubs in Newcastle. We have carried these out on two occasions in the past three months and are conducting a further test purchase operation in the near future.
We continue to operate alcohol watch and bottle watch and have used the evidence for licensing applications/hearings.
Stag and Hen parties often cause some disruption when they come to the City
Working in conjunction with the hotels within the City Centre we have set up Hotelwatch. We link in with all the hotels and identify any large groups that are staying with them over the weekend period, then, on a Friday night we operate a meet and greet policy with the groups.
Members of the Neighbourhood Team visit the hotels and speak with the groups. outlining how the Police work within the Night Time economy and what standards of behaviour we expect from them. We also take this opportunity to give out crime prevention advice.
By working closely with the hotels we are able to reduce the number of reports of anti social behaviour generated by the visiting parties.
What are we doing about the increased number of street beggars?
We have a number of ongoing operations to address this issue. We have allocated officers to patrol areas which have received the most complaints however this is a short term solution. In the long term we are working with partners to assist and support those who are vulnerable and robustly deal with persistent beggars who fail to engage with ourselves or partners.