ANTI-SOCIAL behaviour, two reports of poaching, one burglary, a motorbike theft and damage to a garden gate were among the 56 calls to police in Howden-le-Wear last month.

Speaking at the village’s Police and Communities Together (PACT) meeting PCSO Abbie Wallace said that although 56 reports had been made to police there was no upward trends in crime in the area. It is understood the figure includes multiple reports of the same incident across the PACT area, including North Bitchburn, High Grange and Witton-le-Wear

Along with the crime update, residents discussed the location of a new defibrillator and decided the Village Hall would be the most suitable place.

Durham county councillors Anne Reed and Andrea Patterson also attended, and Cllr Reed informed residents that the issue with horses in the Plantation View area had been resolved.

Security around Howden-le-Wear Primary School was highlighted as the Pact priority for the month ahead.

The next PACT meeting will take place in the same venue on July 18, at 6.30pm.