RESIDENTS were encouraged to take pride in their area as an anti-littering campaign was launched.

Housing Hartlepool called on people living on the West View estate to tackle litter, fly tipping and unruly gardens as part of the ‘Love Where They Live’ scheme.

The housing association also joined forces with the Borough Council, Cleveland Police and Cleveland Fire Brigade to provide support on tackling anti-social behaviour, carry out home visits to fit free smoke alarms and offer free UV marking on valuable items.

The campaign, which ran over three days and involved over 20 volunteers, was such a success that similar community days are now being planned for areas across Hartlepool.

Jan Ledger, neighbourhood manager for Housing Hartlepool, said: “Everyone loves something about where they live and this campaign is about people working together as a community to make change happen.

“No-one is excluded as we can all do something, whoever we are, to make our neighbourhoods better places to live, whether this is helping to keep estates clean or tackling anti-social behaviour.”

Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger, who attended the event, said: “Neighbourhood pride is vital in helping to give people a good quality of life and the Police have a vital role to play, both through the day-to-day work of our Neighbourhood Policing teams and supporting this kind of initiative.

“This was a very good example of how many different agencies can work together with local people to make a real difference.”

For more information regarding future events please contact Joanne Larkin or Janis Ledger at Housing Hartlepool on 01429-525252. To arrange a free Home Fire Safety Visit contact Cleveland Fire Brigade on 01429-874063.