Operation Gryphon launched to tackle anti-social behaviour

07 Sep 2015 00:00 AM

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Police in Sunderland and South Tyneside have launched Operation Gryphon to help tackle anti-social behaviour.

Officers will be carrying out regular patrols in anti-social behaviour hotspots and taking a three level approach to curbing the behaviour of those involved.

In the first instance, anyone's whose behaviour is causing a nuisance to the community will receive a written letter warning them that their behaviour is unacceptable. If the behaviour persists they will be visited at home by police - and if appropriate a partner agency, such as a housing provider, will join the visit.

The third step will see police use legislation available to them to help tackle anti-social behaviour such as dispersal orders, civil injunction orders and criminal behaviour orders.

In the next few weeks the nights will start to draw in and the launch of the operation coincides with the onset of darker evenings.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, said: "Tackling anti-social behaviour in all its forms is an absolute priority for me.

"There is no place for it in our communities and I welcome the pro-active efforts from Northumbria Police to reduce the impact it has on our neighbourhoods.

"Anti-social behaviour can affect anyone and everyone and as this operation demonstrates, our officers take the issue very seriously. If it's a problem in your community, I urge you to report it."

Southern Area Command Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt said: "Operation Gryphon is our response to ensuring anti-social behaviour remains low across Sunderland and South Tyneside and that our communities feel even safer.

"Anti-social behaviour can have a detrimental effect on the quality of life for local communities, in particular those who may be more vulnerable or elderly. It can cause people to feel intimidated and fearful and in some instances even stop them from going out if they have to walk past large groups of youths or people causing a nuisance.

"Over the next couple of weeks the nights will start to draw in and during the darker evenings it can be even more intimidating for people to put up with anti-social behaviour.

"This three level approach has previously worked very successfully in Sunderland and now we're rolling out the operation across the whole of Southern Area Command to make sure proactive action is taken against those who are causing the most nuisance in our communities."

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