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Pride in Your Place campaign launched to tackle anti-social behaviour in Washington
written by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 24th September 2018 at 12:34

A new 'Pride in Your Place' campaign has been launched to tackle anti-social behaviour in Washington. The campaign aims to reduce anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the area, cut down fly tipping and deliberate fires and instil some pride in the community. It was launched during Business Safety Week by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue in partnership with Northumbria Police, Sunderland City Council and local businesses in the Washington area. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, Area Manager – Community Safety, Lynsey Mcvay commented: “Anti-social behaviour can be damaging for both businesses and community residents. We - and our partners - take ASB seriously. Activities such as fly-tipping, malicious fire setting and graffiti affect the whole community and work tirelessly to help prevent it. We are requesting the support from local businesses to help report, prevent and protect both themselves and the wider local community. “Over the past six months, we have noticed a rise in the number of deliberate fires in the Pattinson Industrial Estate area. We would like to prevent this from continuing and potentially escalating, resulting in more serious incidents that could put local businesses and lives at risk.” Fire crews, police and local authority representatives will be routinely patrolling the area, providing a visible presence, in the hope of deterring people involved in ASB. Leaflets, posters and advice are now being distributed to businesses in the Pattinson Industrial estate area by fire crews from Washington. Sergeant Gemma Calvert, of Northumbria Police, said:
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