A TOTAL of 17 people were stopped from entering South Shields in just three hours by a police clampdown on potential criminals.
Police working alongside Metro inspectors blocked the suspected criminals on Thursday.
The move was part of an operation to stop those using the Metro system to break the law.
The initiative was part of Operation Piper, targeting those responsible for anti-social behaviour and disorder in the borough.
Riverside and West Shields Neighbourhood Inspector John Smith said: “Carrying out these patrols on the Metro is a preventative measure to stop criminals getting into South Shields to commit anti-social behaviour, disorder or any other offences.
“We work alongside Nexus inspectors to carry out checks on people, such as any outstanding warrants, but also use intelligence and information to identify known offenders.
“Criminals will often travel away from their own area to commit crime, but through Operation Piper, we are making sure they know they aren’t welcome in South Tyneside.
“I’d ask anyone with concerns about crime and disorder in their area to contact us so we can continue to target the right people, at the right time and in the right location.
“People can also raise any issues they have with their local Neighbourhood Policing Team.”
People can contact police on 101, ext 69191. In an emergency call 999.