WASTE, youth anti-social behaviour and litter were flagged up on a walkabout sparked by a drive to combat crime in the Trimdons.

Police officers, county councillors, Durham County Council wardens, representatives from Livin and an MP’s office manager attended the walkabout in Trimdon Village on Tuesday.

Inspector Sarah Honeyman said Trimdon Village Hall had in the last week fallen victim to graffiti and a smashed window while litter was found in hedgerows on Meadow Road and rubbish in the rear yards of properties were spotted.

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Wardens patrolling Trimdon Library will extend their patrol to include the hall, a litter pick will be organised and the rubbish is to be cleared.

“These are positive steps to address concerns of the community and to improve the area,” said Insp Honeyman.

She added a burgundy waste collection wagon which had been raised as a concern was investigated and found to be legitimate.