A POLICE chief has backed efforts to tackle youth disorder at a South Tyneside Metro station.
Police responded to complaints over anti-social behaviour at Chichester Metro Station, South Shields, by stepping up patrols.
Youths congregating at the station and at nearby shops sparked calls to police over issues such as criminal damage and intimidating behaviour.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC said: “While the youngsters may not see themselves as causing a nuisance, a small minority’s behaviour is intimidating Metro users and local residents, and damaging property is a crime.
“Some good work has taken place to prevent and deter youngsters from gathering in the area and officers are continuing to take action.”
Police can be contacted on 101 or, in an emergency, dial 999.