Anti-social behaviour incidents across the Northumbria Police force area's transport networks have plummeted by 28 per cent in six months.

As part of the Safer Transport Northumbria Project, initiated by Police Commissioner Kim McGuinness, extra patrols and active collaboration with the local councils and transport networks have helped drive down disorder on buses and metros.

The results from the ASB Hotspot Response project, which ran during the summer across the region's transport networks, were just as promising.

Commissioner McGuinness revealed a 40 per cent drop-off in ASB-related crime, from 1,123 cases in 2022 to 669 in 2023.

Investment has included body-worn cameras, extra CCTV, lighting reviews, and more.

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Commissioner McGuinness said: "Transport has been a big area of investment for me.

"I really want people to move around our region feeling safe.

"Since the beginning of these latest ASB transport patrols, there has been a 28 per cent decrease in ASB incidents.

"What we are doing is working and these numbers prove it.

"High visibility policing is certainly making a big difference."

Chief Superintendent Barrie Joisce, Northumbria Police's anti-social behaviour lead, said: "These are fantastic figures and testament to the joined-up working between ourselves and our partner organisations."