Redcar_and_Cleveland_Borough_CouncilTHE launch of a ‘Safe Places’ scheme and support from external agencies will be just some of many highlights in a day-long event encouraging residents, visitors and businesses to stay safer in Eston.

Taking place on Saturday, March 19, ‘Safer in Eston’ will see the three emergency services join with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council to offer advice and support on developing greater personal safety and wellbeing.

The event, running from 10.00am until 3.00pm, has been organised by Eston ward councillors Cllr Bob Norton and Cllr Ann Higgins in response to a series of anti-social behaviour incidents within the town, which included burglaries at local businesses.

It is also being run in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, who has been in discussions with the councillors for some time on how best to deal with the anti-social behaviour.

Thanks to this link with the PCC, the event will play host to the official launch of the ‘Safe Place’ in Eston town centre. Part of the Tees Valley-wide ‘Safe Places Scheme’, the town centre will become a place in the community where people who need extra support can go if they need some help.  This ‘help’ can range from a phone call to home to ask a relative to pick them up or help with directions.

In addition to information and support, there will be free entertainment for kids including a climbing wall and face painting, as well as a mini market selling a range of gifts including candles, cosmetics and jewellery.