12 Blyth Streets
04 February 2016
Northumbria Police are bringing in an Operation named Merlin in an attempt to crack down on anti-social behaviour, drugs and road safety. It is to be held over the months of February and March with the aim to help protect the most vulnerable.
The 12 streets under the operation are:
These have been singled out by the Police and Cadets after last years intelligence collection, when they visited over 500 homes in the community. The result of the Operation is to give the people living in these streets a better and safer place to live.
Grant Dawson, Blyth Neighbourhood Inspector said, “The 12 streets campaign is a real partnership effort and aims to improve quality of life for residents of Cowpen Quay and make it an even safer place to live in”
"We will be working closely with Safer Northumberland and other key agencies to identify residents who are vulnerable in the community and ensuring they are directed to the right agency and receive the right support."
Vera Baird, Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner commented, “I welcome this proactive policing from Northumbria Police which is working with partners to tackle issues of great importance to local residents.
“Protecting the vulnerable is an absolute priority for me and I am confident that this project will have a positive impact for our communities in Blyth. I look forward to seeing more projects develop as part of Operation Merlin and wish this campaign every success.”
Kath Nesbit, the local county councillor for the Cowpen Quay area said, “I know the vast majority of local residents are honest and law-abiding and just want the best for the community.
“Throughout the initiative the council is working in partnership with ICCQ (Improving Croft and Cowpen Quay) street reps and I hope Operation Merlin will make a real difference by targeting the small minority who cause problems and it will make a real positive difference to local people."