Teenagers arrested following disorder in Sunderland and South Tyneside
13 Apr 2018 14:00 PM[View Full Size]
We have arrested 15 people following disorder in Sunderland and South Tyneside.
Over the Easter Weekend our officers issued a warning to youngsters after reports of anti-social behaviour in the South Shields and Wearmouth Bridge areas.
There had been reports of large groups gathering that were intimidating members of the local community and causing criminal damage.
An investigation was launched to identify those involved and now 15 male youths have been arrested.
Some of those teenagers have already been charged with criminal damage and public order offence while others have been referred to the local youth offending team.
Superintendent Steve Heatley said: “We have been carrying out a number of enquiries to identify those involved in disorder and hold them accountable for their actions.
“The disorder and anti-social behaviour has had a big impact on the local community and caused a lot of distress to local residents.
“The arrests we have made this week should send a strong message out to those who don’t respect our local communities.
“Our partners at the British Transport Police and Nexus have been crucial to making these arrests and ensuring this collaborative operation was a success.”
If anyone has any information or would like to report anti-social behaviour they should contact Northumbria Police on 101.