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Crime crackdown targets County Durham villages

Security patrols are being increased to try to reduce anti-social behaviour in two County Durham villages.

Police and Durham County Council neighbourhood wardens will be on the streets of Coundon and Eldon Lane near Spennymoor over the next month.

Homeowners are also being asked to complete a survey seeking ideas on how low-level crime should be tackled.

The action has been backed by the Safe Durham Partnership, which also includes fire service and housing bosses.

Julie Nicholson, Durham County Council safer neighbourhoods spokeswoman, said: "Officers from all of the partner organisations will be out in force offering advice on how to report crime and anti-social behaviour and raising awareness of environmental issues.

"The survey will give us the opportunity to find out what the big issues are for residents in Coundon Grange and Eldon Lane so that we can make sure our list of priorities for the week reflects the concerns of people who live in the two villages."

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