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People in North East spend most at Christmas

North East shoppers expected to spend the most Credit: PA

Shoppers in the North East spend more money at Christmas than anywhere else in the country. British consumers expect to spend over £500 on gifts, socialising and entertaining, with men emerging as the festive big spenders.

Shoppers in the North East will spend, on average, over £600.

The findings are revealed in a poll of more than 2,000 consumers across the UK by financial and technology services company True Potential.

County Durham and Darlington asked for views on local policing

Residents across County Durham and Darlington have the opportunity to give their views on the future of local policing, as part of a new consultation launched by Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

“As the Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, it is my job to secure an efficient and effective police force across County Durham and Darlington, hold the Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary to account and represent the views of the local public.

“I do this by publishing a Police and Crime Plan, which sets out a number of priorities and provides direction to the Chief Constable. I then hold the Chief Constable to account for delivering the plan.

“I want to hear from people about what they want to see their police force delivering, so that their views are reflected in the way that the Constabulary protects the public and tackles crime”.

– Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner

Durham Constabulary was recently the only one in the country to be assessed by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary as ‘outstanding’ at investigating crime.

The plan sets out that the Constabulary must concentrate on reducing crime and keeping the community safe - focussing on child sexual exploitation and cybercrime.

The PCC has added three new priorities:

  • To improve public confidence in local policing
  • To work with partners to improve the service provided to those with poor mental health
  • To reduce reoffending

He is proposing to retain the following priorities from the original plan:

  • To reduce the incidence and impact of domestic abuse
  • To tackle the harm caused to individuals and communities by alcohol and drugs
  • To tackle anti-social behaviour
  • To improve engagement with communities
  • To reduce the impact of hate crime
  • To improve road safety by tackling careless and dangerous driving
  • To make our policing service visible and accessible


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