By PCSO Alfie Middleton

PACT Meeting: 10th February, 6pm, on Police Facebook page

My name is Alfie Middleton and I am the Police Community Support Officer for the West Ward of Newton Aycliffe.

Officers have increased mobile and foot patrols around Newton Aycliffe, and have even been conducting pedal bike patrols to monitor hard to reach areas of the town. In the next few weeks the team will be taking delivery of a couple of new Electric Bikes kindly funded by GAMP. These bikes will be invaluable for the team.

We are working hard to tackle Anti-Social Behaviour, in particular the use of off-road bikes, which I know causes a great deal of distress to a lot of you. As part of our ongoing efforts an incentive has been agreed which will be offered through Crimestoppers for information leading to the seizure of off-road bikes and/or apprehension of the rider where criminal damage has been caused. The appeal for information must be specific, relating to a certain bike in a certain area at a certain time and is not an appeal for general info regarding off-road bikes. If this information proves to be beneficial to the police and results in seizures, the public will receive a small monetary reward.

We are working with partner agencies to secure funding and are always looking at new and innovative ways to tackle the problem. Have you heard of our online messaging service ‘Keep in the Know’? By signing up to this service, for free, you can find out what’s happening in your local area – receive regular crime updates, information on road closures and learn about what your local neighbourhood policing team is doing. You can decide what agencies you wish to receive messages off when you sign up to the service. Head over to and click ‘Sign up’. It doesn’t take long and you can be kept up-to-date with many different things.

Have a lovely Easter.

PCSO Alfie Middleton