Fishburn has become the target for a spate of vandalism. 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. 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
There 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.
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.