ON SUNDAY, September 19, Northumbria Police are hosting their very first Rural Policing Open Day, in partnership with Northumberland College. 

Officers have teamed up with a host of rural partners including the RSPCA, Northumberland Mountain Rescue, Northumberland National Park and Forestry England to offer visitors a day of learning and fun.

The event will be held between 10am until 3pm and members of the public are being encouraged to go along and say hello to local police officers and learn how they keep communities safe.

Rural Policing Inspector Garry Neill said: “We’re really excited to host our first Rural Crime Open Day at Kirkley Hall next week. We wish to thank Northumberland College for allowing us to use their superb venue.

“This is a perfect opportunity for the community and families to learn about how we police our vast rural countryside and the partners we work alongside to keep everyone safe and our beautiful Northumberland area thriving.

“Come rain or shine, this is set to be a great family event – and we would love to meet you all!”

Northumbria Police Rural Crime Volunteers will also be in attendance to inform people about how they can volunteer with officers and be an ambassador for their community.

Meanwhile Great North Air Ambulance Service, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Datatag and many more will also be at the event with interesting equipment for families to explore and enjoy.

The event will be family-friendly and free to attend.