Plans in place to prevent ASB at the football

13 Oct 2016 08:37 AM

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Police in Newcastle are taking steps to address youth anti-social behaviour ahead of the football this weekend.

After the Newcastle United and Norwich match on September 28 police received reports of groups of youths throwing eggs and other objects at the away supporters as they left the ground.

Officers are working to identify and take action against those involved and are warning anyone against similar behaviour at the Brentford game this Saturday.

Newcastle Neighbourhood Sergeant Kelly Hetherington said: "There was some real issues with groups of youths gathering where the away supporters were leaving the ground from throwing eggs to being abusive to supporters, some of the behaviour really crossed the line and this will not be tolerated.

"Over the past few years our Football Neighbourhood Policing Team have been working closely with football clubs and partners to make a real effort to engage with young people and educate them about the consequences of causing trouble at a football match. This has had a really positive impact on behaviour.

"These groups of youths who are intent on causing trouble are in a small minority and we believe that they do not have tickets for the football and are not attending any games. They are local to the area and have come to the stadium with the sole purpose of getting involved in anti social behaviour.

"This is not welcome at our football matches and for this weekend's game we have a dispersal notice in place around the ground. That means anyone found hanging around with the intention of causing trouble will be quickly moved on and could face action being taken against them.

"People go to the football to enjoy it, not to be attacked or abused. Young people may think this has no consequences but they are committing public order offences that could severely affect their education, career and relationships."

The dispersal notice will run from 11am to 11pm on the Saturday and covers the areas around St James' Park and Leazes Park.

Officers will be wearing body worn video cameras looking to identify anyone responsible for causing anti-social behaviour in the area.

The Football Neighbourhood Policing Team will continue to visit schools and colleges throughout the season to educate young people about the consequences of getting involved in anti-social behaviour and disorder at sporting events.

If anyone has information about those who are causing this type of disorder then they should contact the Football NPT by calling police on 101.

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