Police and partners deal with ASB in Blyth

03 Feb 2017 10:25 AM

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Police are working with partners to tackle incidents of anti-social behaviour (ASB) in Blyth.

Officers have seen a rise in the number of ASB incidents reported around Blyth town centre since January and have set up an operation working with partners to address the issue.

Police have been identifying those individuals involved and are taking appropriate action. Meanwhile neighbourhood officers have been working with retailers who have been affected by this issue.

Blyth neighbourhood policing team have also been carrying out high visibility patrols to reassure residents and local businesses, as well as to deter repeat occurrences.

So far during the operation officers have stopped and checked 29 people and made three arrests for offences including assault, breach of bail and for being drunk and disorderly.

One 18-year-old has been charged with a common assault and breach of bail and police have reported two male youths for public order offences. Ten direction to leave notices for anti-social behaviour have been handed to individuals which bans them from the area for up to 48-hours, and if they return within that period, they face arrest.

Police have also taken a number of youths they found on the town centre streets back to their homes and advised their parents of their child’s behaviour. In persistent cases officers can also use Acceptable Behaviour Agreements and can involve partners in housing to look at whether such behaviour puts tenancies at risk.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Nick Smith said: "We're aware of issues with anti-social behaviour in and around Blyth Town Centre and are working to address these. We know the affect anti-social behaviour has on our communities and we know it can make some people feel more fearful which is why it is an issue we won't tolerate.

"We have met with the local authority to look at how we can best work together to tackle this issue, this includes looking at the youth activities available to young people to prevent them from hanging around the streets.

"We have also spent time with the businesses who have been affected by ASB and given them advice on how they can help to prevent such issues occurring."

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