East Chevington Parish Council: Quiet period for police

PC Paul Dent.
PC Paul Dent.

PC Paul Dent told the parish council that it has been quiet over the last few months, although there have been a few incidents of crime.

He said that just before Christmas and into the new year, there had been two thefts from sheds and outhouses in the Red Row area.

He added that there had been a couple of shop-lifting offences from the Co-operative at Hadston Precinct and police are looking at CCTV footage.

PC Dent described the thefts from sheds/outhouses and from the Co-op as being opportunist.

He told members that, in December, two vehicles had been scratched in Hadston and that it appeared to be mindless vandalism. But he added: “It has been a very quiet end to 2015 and start to 2016.”

PC Dent, who has not been able to attend a meeting for a number of months, also gave members an overview of how the bonfire period in the area went.

He said: “Bonfire night passed without incident for Hadston, but there was firework disorder. It happens every year and we will continue to work with the fire service to educate people.”

Parish council news in brief

Concerns have been raised about the state of the pavilion at Red Row Welfare. Coun Fred Thurgood said: “I am appalled by the inertia of the county council to carry out repairs. Because they haven’t cleared out the gutters, they are overflowing and bringing the inside of the building down.” Coun Scott Dickinson said that it wasn’t good enough and he has written to the director of repairs.

○ A planning application to build four detached homes on land at Whitefield Farm, Red Row, has been refused by Northumberland County Council, because the scheme ‘would represent non-­essential, unjustified and unsustainable development within the open countryside outside of the defined settlement boundary limits for Hadston’.

○ The parish council has agreed to reduce its precept by £2,500, which has been described as good news for the community. The budget for the 2016/17 financial year will be £51,000.

○ Free dog chipping will be held at Hadston Youth and Community Building tomorrow from noon to 3pm.

○ Coun Alice Charlton raised concerns about overgrown vegetation in the old part of the cemetery. Coun Dickinson said that he will look at the matter.