North Sunderland and Seahouses WI, June meeting

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POLICE ISSUES: The June meeting of North Sunderland and Seahouses WI took place on a fine evening when 23 members attended.

After the usual business formalities, ie correspondence, balances of accounts and minutes of the previous meeting, the future events list was read out. This consisted of a coffee morning at Bellshill, July 1; Cullercoats stroll, July 6; moderate walk, September 8; Ghostly and Grisly Walk, Newcastle, October 6 and 20; Down Your Way, October 12.

The group neeting will be held on September 15 at Seahouses. Our next pub lunch will be June 26 at Grays Inn, Embleton.

Our speaker for the evening was our very own WPC Rebecca Perry. She has been with the police for 12 years, based at Seahouses for the last eight months. She said at the onset that she has been made to feel welcome.

A few issues were raised, namely parking on Main Street and speeding. With regard to the parking, there is a 24-hour restriction in force, although many do not adhere to it. At peak times during the holiday season indiscriminate parking near the shops causes many difficulties, especially for delivery vehicles, not forgetting that it is extremely dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists.

Various suggestions were put forward, ie opening up another car park somewhere, the introduction of more CCTV cameras and 24-hour police surveillance but this, of course, depends upon budget control.

We were warned about the serious problems of bogus callers purporting to be officials and about the theft from cars and parking meters.

WPC Perry also asked us all to lock up our outbuildings and to be aware of oil tank robberies.

The competition for a pretty mug was won by Doreen Edmison, Sandra Graham and Carol Philips

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, July 7.