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05 August 2019
VANDALISM

Fishburn has once again become the target for a spate of vandalism. In March, someone knocked the roof off one of the Parish Council's new bus shelters which cost £2,976.00. In recent months residents have also reported vandalism and scattered broken glass on the football fields, and it seems some of these problems are on the rise again. Last week, criminal damage and wanton destruction at the Memorial Children's Playing Field caused distress to locals who take their children there and in recent days the former colliery (pit) tub used as a flower planter as a sacred memorial of the village's coal mining history at the entrance to the industrial estate has been overturned and damaged, and the gate/barrier at the pit wheel fields has been rammed and the lock cut off.

Vandalism is a crime that has a major effect on residents' quality of life and costs local council tax payers thousands of pounds to repair. It is easy to dismiss it as a minor offence, but it has a big impact on the local community. Durham Constabulary no longer permits a representative from the neighbourhood policing team to routinely attend parish council meetings. If you want to get involved in how your local area is policed, the Constabulary encourages parish council members to attend their local PACT meetings - Police and Communities Together - which they feel offer better value for money and help reach a broad cross-section of the public, so that their priorities accurately reflect the concerns of the community as a whole. The next Fishburn PACT meeting will be held on Thursday 19th September 2019 in Fishburn Community Centre at 6.00 p.m. All members of the community are welcome. At every meeting there is a discussion about local priorities. These are the issues which local people tell them they want their local policing team to tackle. According to the Constabulary, if an issue is made a PACT priority it will be tackled, and there will be an update at future meetings about what has been done about it.

Report a crime

‚ÄčThere are a number of ways you can get in touch with Durham Constabulary depending on the urgency and type of request. In an emergency, always telephone 999. In a non-emergency call 101. (Calls to 101 cost 15p per call, no matter what time of day it is, or how long the call lasts). A Police Emergency is when:

•Someone’s life is in danger
•Someone is at risk of violence, or property is about to be damaged
•A serious offence is in progress
•A suspect is at the scene or an early arrest is likely
•Serious disruption to the public is likely
•Very serious crime (e.g. rape, grievous bodily harm etc.)

Text message to 86101 will get an automatic text response prior to communications actioning the information. This service is for NON EMERGENCY contact only.

Crimestoppers

You can report crime anonymously by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers is a simple and anonymous way for members of the public to help prevent and solve crimes throughout the UK. Information you have about a crime may be vital to the police. If you think you know something which may be of use then pick up the phone. Your call is free. It is completely anonymous. You may receive a reward.

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