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  • "If it would do any good I would go. The police are obsessed with drug crime and not in the least bit interested in the criminal anti social behaviour we have to put up with every day. I refer of course to the indiscriminate parking by commuters, the speeding in a 20mph zone, the blocking of back lanes by parked vans and cars and the petty vandalism the area faces at night when the pubs close.

    And next time the police crow about closing a 'crack house' and blazon it all over the echo they migh ask the house owners nearbye what they think of having a boarded up property next to them. Even worse if they are trying to find a buyer.

    Then there is the property in Northgate seized under the proceeds of crime act when the owner was found to be running a brothel. I can assure the Echo that the brothel wner was more socially responsive than the police who seized the property. He didn't let it fall into ruin blighting the whole area the way it is now."
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A SENIOR police officer is urging residents to get more involved in monthly community meetings.

Chief Inspector Chris Reeves, neighbourhood policing manager for Darlington, is encouraging residents to attend their local monthly police and communities together (Pact) meetings, which he believes are key to tackling crime in the town.

The monthly meetings are a chance for residents to meet their local police officers, police community support officers and ward councillors to discuss and highlight neighbourhood concerns.

Residents then work together with their police officers and councillors to come up with plans to solve them.

Ch Insp Reeves said: “A good example of what Pact can do is when a group of people with a shared access to their gardens noticed that people were starting to wander into this area.

“They had no crimes but clubbed together to buy and put up a gate – this very simple action stopped potential criminals from accessing their gardens.

“We need to try and get more of this community engagement going on in Darlington.”

Pact meetings take place every month in each ward of Darlington, all members of the community are welcome.

For more information on your nearest meeting, visit durham.police.uk/local/south/darlington

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