Police tackle ASB in Gateshead

09 Nov 2017 10:44 AM

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Police are tackling Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) in the Felling area of Gateshead following a recent rise in incidents.

Several reports have made to police about ASB around Gateshead Stadium Metro Station, Tennyson Court and Newbolt Court areas.  Police are stepping up their response to incidents including reports of aggressive beggars harassing members of the public at the metro station asking for cash, and alcohol or drug related ASB from small groups of people gathering in the area.

Now neighbourhood officers are taking action to deal with these issues and are increasing patrols in the affected areas.

Officers are using a variety of tactics to prevent recurrence, including using police powers to seize alcohol and issuing dispersal notices to stop groups of people gathering in the street. Dispersal notices allow police to disperse groups of two or more people from areas where there is persistent anti-social behaviour - refusal to comply is a criminal offence. Officers have also visited local off-licences and got their support to prevent alcohol sales to people who are drunk.

Sergeant Paul Cook, of Gateshead East Neighbourhood Policing Team said: "We take these types of complaints very seriously, as it affects the quality of life for local residents and commuters who use the metro, such behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

"We have high profile targeted patrols in the areas where problems have been identified and we are working with our partners including Gateshead Council's Community Safety Team, The Gateshead Housing Company and Nexus to identify offenders and take appropriate action against them.

"We aim to nip these problems in the bud before they escalate, but we want to make it clear that persistent offenders must face the consequences of their actions. They may not only find themselves with a day in court In some cases this could lead to them, putting their family's tenancy at risk, and they could face losing their home.

"Our priority is making our communities safer and we will continue to take steps to reduce anti-social behaviour over the coming months."

Councillor Linda Green, Cabinet Member for Communities and Volunteering at Gateshead Council said: “We want our residents to feel safe when they’re out and about in their local area.  It is important that all of our partners are involved in tackling this issue; we will work with them to ensure we make full use of the civil powers available to us and curb this anti-social behaviour.” 

Director of Rail and Infrastructure at Nexus, Raymond Johnstone, said: “Anti-social behaviour and aggressive begging will not be tolerated on Metro.

“We work closely with the police and meet regularly with the Metro Unit to target trouble spots on the network.

“There will be extra police patrols at our stations in Gateshead as part of this operation. Anyone who gets caught causing trouble on Metro property will be prosecuted.”

This local initiative supports Operation Twilight running across Central Area Command, aimed at tackling crime and anti-social behaviour trends that emerge over the winter period during the darker months.

Police and partners are also hosting a community meeting on Monday, November 20, at 5.30pm at The Salvation Army Hall, on Sunderland Road in Gateshead to discuss local issues. Anyone can attend and people are encouraged to come along and meet their local officers.   

 Anyone who wants to report ASB, or has information about the individuals involved in the Felling area, should contact the Gateshead East  Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101.