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Police reassure communities after warm-weather anti-social behaviour spike

27 Apr 2018 11:00 AM

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Teenagers are being warned that police are stepping up attempts to tackle anti-social behaviour in the regions’ coastal towns and villages.

The warm-weather last weekend coincided with a spike of reports of youth disorder across Tyneside, including on Long Sands beach in Cullercoats and Tynemouth.

This included groups of youths drinking and putting themselves in danger by jumping into the sea, leaving some local residents concerned following increased levels of noise and litter.

Now, heading into the weekend, police have warned that such behaviour will not be tolerated and have reassured communities that work is being done to take action against offenders.

Inspector Michelle Caisley, of Northumbria Police, said: “Last weekend was the first spell of warm weather we’ve had all year and thousands of people were out enjoying the sunshine.

“This was always likely to bring with it some issues of anti-social behaviour, especially in our coastal towns, across the Force.

“We are working to identify those involved and will take appropriate action against them. We have also stepped up patrols in the areas concerned to avoid a repeat of these issues in the future.

“Our message is clear – enjoy the warm weather, but anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and will be dealt with accordingly. Extra officers will be deployed to combat such offences when we know the weather is going to be warmer.

“The weather is not forecast to be as hot this weekend so we don’t expect to see the same types of issues, but we will be on patrol and looking to deal with any incidents that may arise.

“We will also be sending neighbourhood officers into schools to educate young people about the impact of this type of behaviour and continue to work with the council to use legislation to disperse any large gatherings and prevent possible situations from escalating.

“We would like to reassure local residents and businesses that this is not being taken lightly, and would encourage members of the public who see such behaviour to tell us.”

Anyone concerned by anti-social behaviour should stop an officer on patrol or talk to police by calling 101.