AN MP has backed Government moves to improve policing.

Stockton South MP Dari Taylor said neighbourhood policing measures had already proved effective in her own constituency.

She said in the Parkfield and Mill Lane area of Stockton a dedicated neighbourhood policing team had been in place since 2003 and had helped bring about a 30 per cent reduction in burglaries.

The Government has pledged to provide every community in the country with its own dedicated neighbourhood policing team by 2008.

In the Cleveland Police area there are 36 community wardens and about 100 special constables.