1986 THE RIVER TYNE POLICE

   Police have patrolled the  River    
 Tyne for more than 100 years. The     
 first patrols used rowing boats and   
 were armed with cutlasses. Today, the 
 patrols which are based at            
 Pipewellgate use fast boats and VHF   
 radios. These policemen are           
 responsible for patrolling the River  
 Tyne and the coastal waters from      
 Berwick to Ryhope. Constables Fryer   
 and Cummings told us that they were   
 just like other policemen "except we  
 use boats not panda cars". One of     
 their new duties is a side effect of  
 the cleaning up of the Tyne;the       
 fresher water means more fresh water  
 fish and they have to try and stop    
 salmon poaching. In fact there is so  
 much fish in the river that a seal has
 taken up residence at Newburn.        
                                       
                                       
 

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