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Teenager hit with civil injunction following anti-social behaviour in Gateshead

30 Nov 2017 16:45 PM

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A teenager has been slapped with a civil injunction after making life a misery for shopkeepers in Gateshead.

Callum Barnes, 18, was issued the injunction last week after a police investigation into anti-social behaviour in Allerdene and Beacon Lough.

Police had received a string of reports about youths targeting emergency services with stones and projectiles as they responded to incidents in the area.

Shopkeepers in Trafford also reported incidents to police where they had been abused by gangs of youths with some being subjected to racial abuse.

An operation was carried out in the area by the Gateshead Central Neighbourhood Policing Team and a number of suspects were identified.

One 14-year-old was arrested and charged with assault and public order offences and will appear before South Tyneside Magistrates Court next week (Dec 7).

However police worked with Gateshead Council to take a civil route against Barnes who has now been issued with an anti-social behaviour injunction.

That order prohibits him from attending the shops in Trafford among a number of other areas in Allerdene and Beacon Lough.

Neighbourhood inspector Mick Robson said: “We are continuing to identify others involved in these incidents and will be working with the local authority to utilise different types of legislation to curtail the behaviour of those involved in anti-social behaviour.

“We have recently used Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) to tackle anti-social behaviour in Gateshead town council and this most recent injunction shows another way that police are using civil courts to improve the lives of local residents.

“Operation Twilight is being run at the minute to target anti-social behaviour linked to the darker nights and as part of that we will be maintaining high visible patrols in key areas to deter further offending.

“Ultimately our priority is to stamp out anti-social behaviour and ensure that local residents in Gateshead can enjoy everything that comes with the festive period without the fear of being targeted by youths.”

Anyone who wants to report anti-social behaviour in Gateshead can contact the team by email (gatesheadcentral.npt@northumbria.pnn.police.uk) or on 101 extension 64806