Alley gates used to help combat crime in Hartlepool

Gates in Everett Street. Front: Carl Richardson, Pamela Hargreaves. Back: Jon Wright, Irene Cross Local councillor Carl Richardson said alley gates had led to a large reduction in burglaries

Steel security gates from a Hartlepool demolition site are being moved to neighbouring streets to help cut crime.

About 200 houses off Raby Road in the town are being knocked down and replaced.

Lockable alley gates on the site's back lanes, intended to protect against crime and anti-social behaviour, are being moved to streets without them.

Local councillor Carl Richardson said "burglaries have fallen by between 60% and 80%" in areas with gates.

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