An on-going summer operation tackling crime and ASB around the night-time economy in Hartlepool has already seen some positive results.
Operation Night Owl has been running for the past three weekends, with extra patrols across the town’s pubs, clubs and venues and also at recent busy events including the Tall Ships Races event and pre-season football matches.
Cleveland Police continues to work with partner agencies including Hartlepool Borough Council, licensees, venue managers and door staff to make Hartlepool’s nightlife safe and enjoyable for all.
Keeping women safe on nights out is one of the operation’s core aims: unfortunately complaints have increased from women who feel unsafe or who have been subject of unwanted attention, harassment, and predatory behaviour.
With high visibility patrols providing reassurance to people out on the town, plain clothed officers are also working work across the town, proactively targeting this - and other issues such as drug use and dealing in pubs, clubs and venues.
Among the results so far are:
A 55-year-old man arrested for sexual assault by touching. He was bailed while enquiries continue.
A 29-year-old man subject to a stop search was reported for summons after being found in possession of Class A drugs.
Inspector Roger Millward said: “These targeted patrols will continue to run every weekend over the summer and I’d encourage any members of the public with any concerns or issues to approach our officers for help or advice.”