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Teenagers dealt with by police after crackdown on Regent Centre ASB

27 Apr 2018 09:40 AM

A group of teenagers in Newcastle have been dealt with by police after a crackdown on anti-social behaviour in Gosforth.

Earlier this year neighbourhood officers in the north of the city revealed there had been a sharp increase in youth disorder.

Officers received reports of cars being damaged, windows being smashed and teenagers verbally abusing local residents.

In total neighbourhood officers received 176 reports of youth related disorder in the area of the Regent Centre in 2018.

Intelligence suggested teens were using the Metro to travel from Kingston Park and Fawdon to get to Regent Centre to cause trouble.

Patrol plans were put in place to target areas where youths were gathering and specialist video equipment was used to identify those involved.

Now police have secured positive disposals against four of the main offenders which has seen a fall in the number of incidents.

Neighbourhood Inspector Lesley Wheatley said: "We know large groups of youths committing anti-social behaviour is an issue in a number of local communities.

"However, at Regent Centre we experienced a real spike in reports as the main offenders were using the Metro to travel to the Gosforth area.

"This posed a number of challenges for the team as those involved in the criminal damage and verbal abuse were travelling from vast areas.

"Officers have used a number of different tactics to identify those involved including using video technology that is normally reserved for football matches and large protests.

"That has yielded some really positive results and we have managed to bring positive disposals against four male teenagers we identified as being the main ring leaders of the group.

"Most of them have been dealt with by the local youth offending teams and have received a number of conditions preventing them from making the lives of local people a misery.

"We have already started to see a reduction in the number of calls in this area and that is thanks to the local community coming together and working with police.

"Our police horses have also been out in the area and they have received a lot of great feedback from the public about improvements in the area.

"It makes me really proud to see the work we do having a positive influence on our local community and we will continue to do all we can to make Gosforth a safe and pleasant place to live."

If anyone has any concerns about anti-social behaviour in their local community then they can call 101 and ask for their local neighbourhood policing team or report it online at www.northumbria.police.uk/contact