A police chief has admitted that there was a reduced officer presence in Amble over the summer, but insists the situation will improve.
Inspector Liz Hall was responding to concerns about the lack of visible patrols on the streets during the busy tourist season.
She told Amble Town Council that this was due to a number of factors, but believes things will change.
She said: “There has been a reduced neighbourhood presence over the summer and that has been down to a reduction of staff in Northumbria Police. Some of that is due to the financial climate,but it is also due to a large number of people are retiring at the same time. There was also annual leave.
“But we are running a large recruitment campaign, vacancies are getting filled back up, and we are trying to get visibility back to where it should be.
“There has been a change in boundary lines for the various sectors and this should result in an increase of staff for the Amble area and there will be more of a presence.”
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