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Tour De Force- Officers in Northumberland take to two wheels after local council funds electric bikes to help tackle ASB
15 May | 15:04

Officers will be patrolling local communities after funding from Cramlington Town and Northumberland County Councillors have provided them with four state-of-the-art electric bikes.

The initiative was led by the Northern Neighbourhood Teams following a successful trial last year in Wallsend and the hope is these bikes will be just as successful.

The bikes will ‘wheelie’ help officers increase the mileage that they can cover on a tour of duty and allows them to patrol places that vehicles don’t have access.

With the help of these speedy, eco-friendly bikes officers have already been tackling reports of anti-social behaviour, disorder and helping locate missing people.

Inspector Mark Storey, the officer leading on the initiative, said: “These bikes really have been a huge asset to our Neighbourhood Teams.

“The distance we can cover on the electric bikes is significantly further compared to that of a standard pedal bike.

“They’ve already been a great help in operational policing and helped us tackle anti-social behaviour which we know is a concern in communities.

“We are very grateful to the Cramlington Councillors for the contribution and can’t wait to continue to see the benefits for both the team and the public.” 

 Cllr Barry Flux said "I am only too happy to allocate my small scheme funds to help our police officers on the beat in Cramlington.”

These sentiments were echoed by Cllr Christine Dunbar who added “This is a fabulous initiative and I am pleased to support it, these bicycles will be an asset when patrolling the streets of our town.”

Cllr Mark Swinburn highlighted Cramlington's cycle network saying "The cycle routes make our town ideal for this type of approach and this will bring better and closer accessibility to the community."

Cllr Wayne Daley added " We immediately agreed to support the 'bobbies on bikes' scheme which will allow us all to continue to have the valuable community policing we all enjoy as a safe and friendly town."

As well as being a nifty means to search inaccessible areas, the bikes are helping to reduce the carbon footprint of the officers on duty and also benefit their mental health and wellbeing with exercise.

Make sure to give our officers a wave if you see them out and about!

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