Youngsters in Gateshead told to respect their communities

07 Apr 2017 09:30 AM

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Police in Gateshead have told young people to pay more respect to their local communities after complaints of anti-social behaviour.

Officers covering the Allerdene and Low Fell area of the town have been told by the public that youths have been causing disorder in their local community.

They have been setting fire to wheelie bins, damaging property, causing large amounts of noise and behaving in an intimidating manner whilst gathering in groups in the street.

As a result the local Neighbourhood Policing Team will be stepping up patrols in the area to stamp out any disorder.

If they come across any groups of youths gathering in the street then the officers will be issuing dispersal notices and visiting the parents of those involved.

But police also want to encourage local people to stop and speak to them about their concerns so officers can help bring the community together.

Neighbourhood Inspector Mick Robson said: "We are aware of a number of concerns regarding youth anti-social behaviour in the Allerdene area and making steps to address it.

"We will have officers on pedal bikes in the area to quickly respond to incidents whilst we also have the power to issue dispersal notices to stop groups of youths gathering in the street.

"We will continue to work with the local authority, lcoal schools, the fire service, youth offending teams and housing providers to ensure this problem is tackled properly.

"However we need a bit of help from these local communities so that we can stop this problem from escalating any further.

"If you have a teenager in your household then please consider where they are and what they are up to because some of these youths are making life difficult for your neighbours.

"And if you are out and about in the area and see us on patrol come and speak to us. We want to know what is happening in the estate and what we can do to stamp out anti-social behaviour.

"This is a team effort and we can all work together to teach young people about the importance of paying respect to our local communities and local people."

Anyone who wants to report anti-social behaviour, or has information about the individuals involved in the disorder in the Allerdene area, should contact the Gateshead Central Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101.