NORTHUMBRIA Police have reassured Hexham councillors that it is supporting the town to hold “safe and successful” events.

Neighbourhood Inspector Pam Bridges attended this week’s meeting of Hexham Town Council, where she gave an update on policing.

She said that following reports of anti-social behaviour on two weekends in October, which police attended, she had put in place a dispersal authority for Bonfire Night, designed to prevent anti-social behaviour, disorder and crime.

She added: “Those events were supported by the police to ensure they were safe and successful events and I know that as we approach Christmas, with the Christmas lights switch on and the event at the Abbey, that neighbourhood officers will provide similar support to the local community.”

She added that crime figures in Hexham were low in comparison to other areas of the force. The latest crime figures for Hexham showed there had been reductions in burglaries from dwellings, commercial burglary and vehicle interference in comparison to last year. But there had been an increase in burglaries to sheds and outbuildings, as well as theft from vehicles.