Police have denied a claim that crime has risen in Amble due to the relocation of officers following the closure of the former police station.
The Gazette has been shown data which shows a crime comparison between 2015, 2016 and the start of 2017.
Police were formerly based at the station on Leslie Drive, but moved to the town’s Fourways 2 building, on Dilston Terrace, on August 27, 2015.
The figures seen by the Gazette indicate that between January and the end of August 2015, there were 394 reported incidents in and around the town, compared to 473 over the same period in 2016.
In the whole of 2015, there was 596 reported crimes, compared to 733 in 2016.
In January of this year, there were 44 incidents in and around Amble, compared to 35 in 2015 and 51 in 2016.
The resident, who did not want to be named, said: “The figures show that crime has risen and I think it is down to the fact that the old police station has closed. It is worrying.”
But police say there is no correlation between the crime figures and the relocation of police in Amble.
Neighbourhood Inspector Liz Hall said: “Amble police station relocated to near the main shopping area and the feedback from residents is that this location is more convenient and accessible for people.
“The figures do not correspond to an actual increase in crimes being committed, they reflect improvements we’ve made in the way we record them.
“We encourage and support victims to come forward and are pleased that these figures show more people have the confidence to do so.
“We’re committed to putting victims first and Northumbria Police remains the country’s top force for victim satisfaction.”