Patrols stepped up in Chapel House

26 Oct 2016 09:51 AM

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Police are stepping up patrols in the Chapel House area of Newcastle following a number of incidents over the weekend.

On Friday and Saturday evening officers received a number of calls from residents in the Barbondale Lonnen and Hillhead Parkway areas reporting groups of youths causing anti-social behaviour and criminal damage.

Police responded, carried out high visibility patrols and moved the groups on and away from the area.

They also managed to identify a number of youths who were involved in the incidents and home visits and letters to parents are now being arranged.

Officers will be visit parents to discus their children's' behaviour, issue anti-social behaviour warnings and taking any further criminal action that is required.

Acting Inspector Pinner Rana said: "When my officers were in the areas on Friday and Saturday night they found large groups of youths hanging around causing noise issues and  being abusive to local residents as well as causing criminal damage to street furniture and private property.

"This type of behaviour will not be tolerated. The abusive behaviour is extremely intimidating to local people, especially people who may be elderly or vulnerable, and the criminal damage - which included damage to an estate agents window - is not acceptable and those responsible will face criminal action.

"It's important to point out that the majority of these kids aren't doing anything wrong. They are simply spending time with their friends,  it is a minority that are causing the damage, being abusive and causing problems for local people, and it's these individuals that we are looking to take action against.

"Most of them don't live in the Chapel House area, they are either dropped off by their parents or they make their own way into the area. We really need parents to think about what their children are doing once they are dropped off and take steps to help ensure they don't get into any trouble.

"We will have an extra police presence in the area this week and will be speaking to local residents and reassuring them about the action we are taking."

Extra officers will be carrying out patrols in Chapel House on evenings during half term and using dispersal powers to move on anyone found causing problems in the area.

To report any issues to police ring 101.

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