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Police and North Tyneside Council join up to tackle anti-social behavior

20 Jun 2017 08:45 AM

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Northumbria Police and North Tyneside Council continue to work together to tackle anti social behaviour in Whitley Bay.

Following an increase in reports of anti-social behaviour last month, the two are joining forces to consult with residents on the issues and report back on progress that has been made.

Since 1 May, officers in the town have been stepping up patrols to tackle issues with anti-social behaviour among local youths. In response to the disorder, nine dispersal notices have been issued, which stop large groups gathering in the street, minimising the potential for further disruption. One man who breached the dispersal notice has subsequently been arrested.

Licensing inspections have also taken place that make sure that bars and other premises are adhering to the conditions of their licence and not contributing to any disruption in the town.

As the local Metro stations were found to be hotspots for some of the nuisance behaviour, officers from the force's specialist Metro Unit have joined up with local teams to make sure that people feel safe while taking public transport.

Paul Hanson, Deputy Chief Executive, North Tyneside Council, said: "In 2014/15 the Mayor worked closely with the community to tackle serious crime and anti-social behaviour in Whitley Bay as part of the joint community task force. This work was recognised as a major success.

"That’s why, in response to recent concerns, the Mayor ensured that we are working with ward councillors, police and the local community and have taken steps to continue to address these issues."

Chief Inspector Helena Barron said: "Our number one priority is improving the lives of the people we serve and restoring a sense of pride in our local communities. In working together with the local authority, we can be even more effective in getting to the root of the issues in Whitley Bay. We hope those living in the area can see that we are taking a robust stance against anti social behaviour and we will continue to do so. Some residents have already told us that they've seen an improvement  in recent days and we're confident that the town will continue to be known for being a vibrant, safe and enjoyable place for residents and visitors alike.

"If anyone wants to report an incident to their local neighbourhood policing team then call 101 and ask for the officers responsible for you area. Or approach your local neighbourhood team in person when they're out and about, they'll be happy to talk to you."

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird DBE QC, said: "Activity such as this demonstrates that when concerns are raised, police and partners will come together to take action and do all they can to reduce the impact on the local neighbourhood. I will ensure that tackling ASB and disorder will remain a priority for Northumbria Police and residents can be assured that officers will continue to crackdown on those responsible for causing trouble."

Information about all of the Northumbria Police NPTs can be found at the following link: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/neighbourhood