Police tackle ASB in local communities

Dated: 27 Mar 2017 14:00 PM

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Police in North Tyneside and Northumberland are responding to concerns raised by local communities by tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB).

Neighbourhood teams from Berwick and Ashington in Northumberland through to Whitley Bay in North Tyneside have been busy asking people what concerns they have where they live, and taking necessary action to deal with the issues identified.

Officers across Northern Area Command have also been working with partners to tackle the ASB issues which matter to local people.

Now to get this message across to residents, posters have been placed in busy shopping areas and other locations, to keep local people informed.

Superintendent Mick Paterson of Northern Area Command said: "We want residents to know we don't tolerate ASB in our communities. Our neighbourhood teams make sure they listen to the concerns of people and take a robust approach to dealing with the issues people report to us.

"They also work closely with partners at the local authority and other agencies to devise and implement effective long term problem solving solutions.

"We feel it's important to make sure people are aware of the work our neighbourhood policing teams do, on a daily basis, to keep our communities safe."

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird DBE QC, said: “Activity such as this demonstrates that when an issue is raised, police and partners will listen and come together to take action and reduce the impact it has on the local neighbourhood. We want local people to know about the latest campaign of activity so they feel confident to speak to officers about unwelcome behaviour in their areas. I will ensure that tackling ASB and disorder will remain a priority for Northumbria Police and residents can be assured that officers will continue to crack down on those causing trouble.”

Officers asked residents what concerned them about where they live:

In Alnwick people told us about youths gathering at the local bus station throwing litter around making people feel unsafe. To deal with this officers increased patrols in the area and used dispersal notices when required. Officers worked with the bus company and the local authority who improved their weekend litter collection and Arriva installed a new CCTV system in the bus station. This joint effort reduced reported incidents of ASB.

In Ashington people reported nuisance drivers gathering in the area and racing. Following action by officers 14 vehicles were seized during one month's activity, effectively putting the brakes on the problem.

In Berwick residents told us about youth disorder in the Castle Terrace area. Police stepped up patrols, issued 12 warning letters to families and took four young people home to their parents to deal with the issue.

In Blyth officers have been tackling ASB in the Waterloo Road area of Blyth, officers questioned 16 people, seven were told to leave the area and one was charged with assault.

In Hexham there have been issued with cars driving off designated tracks, causing damage to land and wildlife. Officers have taken positive action to deal with this.

In Prudhoe there were issues with youths gathering in a local supermarket car park causing disorder. After increasing patrols and taking positive action against offenders reported incidents fell by 80%.

In North Shields there were reports of disorder on the Meadowell Estate. Officers increased patrols and issued 10 dispersal orders to young people within two months the problems stopped.

In Morpeth there were complaints about a shop selling alcohol to under 18's. This led to police organising a test purchase operation and the shop had it's licence to sell alcohol revoked by the licensing sub-committee.

We were told about ASB in Seghill and made targeted patrols in the area, sent letters to parents of youths involved in disorder and issued dispersal notices. Two people were arrested and charged with offences.

In Whitley Bay there was disorder on Churchill Playing Fields so officers increased patrols and used ASB legislation to curb the problem. This resulted in no reports of ASB in January.

Supt Paterson added: "These are all good examples of neighbourhood teams listening to the concerns of local people and acting on them and making a real difference to their communities. By doing this and reducing ASB it shows residents that their local neighbourhood teams are working to support them and are keeping our communities safe.

"We are determined to continue with this approach and tackle issues effectively at a local level."

Look out for these posters appearing at locations including supermarkets, bus stops, garages and train stations.

Anyone with concerns about crime or ASB where they live, should contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 101.

Pictured, one of the poster sites