Police respond to concerns about anti-social behaviour in Kingston Park
10 Apr 2018 15:00 PM[View Full Size]
Neighbourhood officers are to increase patrols in Kingston Park as teenagers begin to spend more time outdoors during the lighter nights.
The retail park and play area near the metro station have historically been areas where teenagers have loitered and consumed alcohol.
Recently there have been concerns raised on social media by residents that police have not done enough to tackle anti-social behaviour in these locations.
We encourage residents to report incidents to police - under reporting affects the deployment of resources.
Residential areas of Kingston Park have only been subject to 16 calls for service compared to the 176 calls of anti-social behaviour in the area of Regent Centre and Wansbeck Road.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Paul Duncan said the public need to call police if they witness disorderly behaviour.
He said: “We are aware there have been some comments on social media suggesting that police are not doing enough to tackle youth disorder in Kingston Park.
“There have been some reports of anti-social behaviour in the play park and we are looking at changes to our patrol plan to nip these types of incidents in the bud.
“However, we have had few reports since January in that area so if there is a significant problem, then local residents haven’t been reporting it to us.
“There have been a number of issues around the Regent Centre and Wansbeck Road and this is where our resources have been focused.
“We cannot take action if people do not call us about incidents, so if you see large groups of teenagers gathering and causing disorder then please call us.
“There are a number of different tactics we can adopt alongside colleagues at Newcastle City Council and NEXUS to identify those involved and take appropriate action.
“Parents need to help us to educate teenagers about the impact their antisocial behaviour can have on the community. Intervention starts in the home.
“If people know the identities of those responsible but do want to provide a statement, then they can still discuss with police so we can engage with parents an perhaps related housing associations.”
A lot of work has already taken place between Northumbria Police, the city council and NEXUS to address disorder at Metro stations in the north area of Newcastle.
Individuals can be issued with WIPs by Nexus which bans them from using the Metro system or loitering in their stations. If they breach this order then they face prosecution.
Officers are also utilising video equipment to try and capture and identify the main perpetrators of the anti-social behaviour.
Anyone who wants to report anti-social behaviour in the area can do so by calling 101 or emailing email@example.com.