Tough times for police, but light at end of tunnel

Alnwick Magistrates' Court at Alnwick Police Station..
Alnwick Magistrates' Court at Alnwick Police Station..

Alnwick’s police inspector has described the past year as one of the toughest for the force in his 26 years of service, but also highlighted a number of positives.

Insp Paul Truscott told last week’s meeting of Alnwick Town Council that the police were turning a corner in the Alnwick sector, which also covers Amble, Rothbury and the surrounding villages, while paying tribute to the support received from a number of partner organisations.

He said that in November last year, crime was up 28 per cent on the previous year, but that now it had dropped to being up eight per cent.

“We had a really, really good summer, but the start of last year was where we were really hit hard,” he added.

Insp Truscott thanked retailers and licensees in the town for their support and co-operation as shoplifting and alcohol-related disorder and crime were low over the Christmas period.

“We still have a long way to go with that (alcohol-related crime), because it’s societal, but the message is getting across,” he said.

Members heard that violent crime and retail crime are down and house burglaries should be down this financial year, but burglaries to sheds and outbuildings are where the sector is being hit hardest, often by travelling criminals.