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Local Fires and ASB

Alert message sent 27/04/2021 08:29:00

Information sent on behalf of Durham Constabulary


Yesterday evening officers from Crook NPT were on foot patrols through Kitty’s woods near Roddymoor. Several youths took off but officers spoke with 2 polite young girls who explained they were just hanging out with friends. Our priority is to engage with the youth, ensure they are safe and not committing any offences. We want to let ‘kids be kids’ and we know that they all need a space to hangout with friends.
Unfortunately there are a small few that continue to abuse this area with litter and fires. Fire safety is currently a serious issue across the county.

For example officers extinguished one particular fire that was set on a slight bank with no definitive outlining pit. It is the simplest thing for one of those logs to roll out down hill allowing the fire to spread out of control in these dry conditions.

We understand how important it is for the youth to see friends, grow friendship groups and just generally hang out. Especially after the last year they have had. But we need to address the issues that cause danger to our community and countryside.

Crook NPT will continue to engage with youths while out on patrols, we will work with the Fire Service and speak with local schools around delivering fire safety presentations as soon as restrictions are lifted.
But the first step of education starts at home, we want to encourage parents to sit down and talk to their children about the dangers of fires.

Just a quick tip, if your child says they weren’t there, they might be telling a bit of a fib and it’s worth talking to them about being safe anyway.

If you want to see us patrol a particular area more frequently please let me know.
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Michael Gracey (Police, PCSO, Neighbourhood Police Team- Crook)

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