South Shields yobs targeted by police in anti-social behaviour crackdown

A police officer.

A police officer.

Action has been taken against 15 yobs who have been involved in anti-social behaviour in South Shields.

Last weekend police community support officers from Horsley Hill Neighbourhood Policing Team joined up with South Tyneside Council's community wardens to carry out joint patrols in anti-social behaviour hotspots in Cleadon Park and Horsley Hill.

As a result of the joint patrols five dispersal notices were issued on Saturday evening and 10 Operation Gryphon forms were submitted.

Launched two years ago Operation Gryphon is a three level approach to help curb anti-social behaviour and sees police and partners utilise legislation available to tackle anti-social behaviour.

The submitted forms mean police and officers from South Tyneside Homes’ anti-social behaviour team will now make a joint visit to the parents of the children involved to talk to them about their child's behaviour.

Dispersal notices allow police to disperse groups of two or more people from areas where there is persistent anti-social behaviour - refusal to comply is a criminal offence.

One of the youths was also given a final youth caution for damage to a car and fence in Quarry Lane on Saturday night.

Police are warning youths their efforts to tackle anti-social behaviour will continue and they will continue to take action against those responsible.

Neighbourhood inspector Denise Townsley said: "We are fully aware of the issues around anti-social behaviour in particular in Cleadon Park and have been working with South TynesideBorough Council to take action to resolve this.

"The activity last weekend is an example of the steps we are taking.

"We know anti-social behaviour is a huge concern for local residents and while for some people it is annoying and causes a nuisance for others, particularly those who are more vulnerable, it can be very intimidating.

"Our priority is making our communities safer and we will continue to take steps to reduce anti-social behaviour over the coming months."

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird DBE QC, said: “I will continue to ensure tackling ASB remains a top priority and hope anyone concerned about ASB in their area feels encouraged to get in touch with their local neighbourhood team so that appropriate action can be taken.”

Councillor Moira Smith, lead member for area management and community safety, at South Tyneside Council, said: “We hope that the action taken sends out a clear message that we will not tolerate the behaviour of a small minority, who are causing distress to local residents and leaving them feeling unsafe in their own communities.

“Anti-social behaviour is an issue that we take extremely seriously and we will continue to work closely with Northumbria Police and South Tyneside Homes to crack down on this problem, not just in these areas, but across the borough.”