Teenagers warned that anti-social behaviour won't be tolerated in Newcastle
Dated: 16 Feb 2018 14:00 PM[View Full Size]
Teenagers in Newcastle are being warned that patrols are being stepped up to tackle anti-social behaviour in the area.
Neighbourhood officers in the north of Newcastle have received a steady increase in incidents of youth disorder in recent weeks.
It has seen cars being damaged, windows being smashed and teenagers being verbally abusive to residents in the Gosforth area in particular.
Enquiries into the behaviour have been ongoing for a number of weeks and officers believe a core group of children are responsible.
The teenagers travel from areas such as Kingston Park and Fawdon on the Metro before getting off at Regent Centre and causing trouble.
And police have already arrested one 14-year-old in connection with the disorder and identified another teen who has breached an order banning him from the Metro system.
It is hoped that the proactive enforcement will start to see a reduction in the number of incidents but this weekend neighbourhood officers will be stepping up patrols.
Officers from the Newcastle North Neighbourhood Policing Team will be on duty across Gosforth, Kingston Park and Fawdon together with officers from the Metro Unit.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Paul Duncan said the force will be working together with local councillors and residents to help reduce crime in the area.
He said: "We recognise that residents in the north of Newcastle are becoming increasingly concerned about teenage children causing disorder in their local community.
"When youths gather in large groups and become verbally abusive it can be very intimidating for local residents and so we are determined to nip this issue in the bud.
"Extra officers will be patrolling the Gosforth area in particular and we are also receiving support from our colleagues on the Metro Unit who will be riding the Metro system.
"Anti-social behaviour can have a huge impact on local communities and one of Northumbria Police's top priorities is to reduce incidents of this nature.
"We will look to adopt a number of tactics to make our region a safer place to live including additional patrols, enforcement action, partnership action and civil injunctions."
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