Police urge parents to help them stop ASB

27 Feb 2017 11:33 AM

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Police are urging parents to help them tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) problems in Gateshead.

In the last few weeks officers have seen an increase in reports of youth related ASB and disorder in the Eighton Banks and Birtley areas.

Of particular problem has been a recent spate of bin fires near to the Angel of the North and Birtley skate park.

Groups of youths are stealing residents' wheelie bins and setting fire to them causing hundreds of pounds of damage to peoples' property, wasting valuable emergency service time and endangering lives.

Officers have teamed up with the fire service to try and identify those responsible and anyone caught committing offences will be prosecuted for theft and arson.

Extra patrols are being carried out across Eighton Banks and Birtley the areas on evenings and officers are using dispersal notices to move youths on and keep them out of the areas.

Acting Inspector Paul Cook said: "

These groups of youths are causing a lot of problems for local people and potentially putting lives at risk. This is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

"We are working closely with the fire services and other partners to address the problems and we have started dedicated patrols at key times in the Eighton Banks and Birtley areas.

"The aim for us is to find out who those responsible are and get it stopped. From what we understand it's young people who are causing the problems and we are in the process of identifying those involved and the first step will be visits to their parents.

"Parents are the key to helping us avoid this from happening. All parents need to be aware of where their children are on a night and what they are doing and as a parent it is your responsibility to know what your child is upto and to ensure they aren't becoming involved in starting fires or causing disorder. Those children involved in these recent incidents face being arrested, being put before the courts and getting criminal records - and that could have a huge impact on the rest of their lives.

"This work is ongoing and we are committed to doing all we can to get the issues resolved as soon as possible."

Anyone with any information as to those involved in recent incidents in the area is asked to contact the Gateshead Central Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101.



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