Labour’s Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen has secured £447,660 to crackdown on anti-social behaviour and neighbourhood crime in Peterlee.

The Peterlee funding will include;

  • Purchasing and installation of security measures to 437 properties
  • Fencing to be installed to 50 properties within the target area where they do not have private front or rear gardens
  • Purchase of 300 alarms and locks for sheds and garages
  • Provision of sports activities at East Durham College to 80 young people
  • Delivery of the Curve Project to 24 young people
  • Development and delivery of a Parenting Support Programme to 20 families

Commenting on the announcement, Commissioner Allen said: “Tackling anti-social behaviour and neighbourhood crime are key priorities in my Police and Crime Plan and I am delighted to have secured this substantial funding boost to increase our efforts to protect people and property across the force area.

“This money will be invested in a number of exciting improvements to make our communities stronger and more resilient to crime and anti-social behaviour. It will also help my team and our partners address the root causes of nuisance behaviour and give young people alternative outlets to channel their energy and attention, bringing longer-lasting solutions to our communities.

“We have listened very carefully to the views of young people and local residents in building these plans to determine what provision is needed most to prevent problems. I am pleased the Home Office has endorsed our work and provided County Durham and Darlington with the funds local people deserve to improve their safety and security.

“The success of these bids is testament to the strong partnerships we have built with our local authority colleagues, educational leads and youth offending/justice leads in these areas, who were consulted and involved in every stage of the preparation process. The delivery of this project will be very much a team effort and I am grateful for their support in both informing this bid and for the valuable role they will play in bringing it to fruition.”

Easington MP Grahame Morris said: “I welcome this additional funding and the commitment of Joy Allen to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in East Durham. Safer Street funding is about tackling the root causes of crime and anti-social behaviour through investing in our community.

As I have said in recent parliamentary debates, I believe as a country we need to invest more in preventive policing, as we continue to repair responsive policing after more than a decade of Tory cuts. The cut of 20,000 police officers has caused irreversible damage, 101 services are clogged, and due to unfair funding the number of overall police staff continues to decline.

Our Police and Crime Commissioner has done a remarkable job to secure this additional investment but to maximise its return, we need a government that will recruit and invest more in policing and community services.”

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