100 anti-social offenders get a visit from police

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POLICE tackling anti-social behaviour and associated crime in South Tyneside have made visits to more than 100 offenders.

The Jarrow and Hebburn neighbourhood police team are carrying out joint visits together with anti-social behaviour officers from South Tyneside Council to those known to be involved in crime and disorder, and warning them action is being taken.

So far, more than 100 addresses have been visited to ensure the offenders are aware of the operation and reminding them enforcement action will be taken if they step out of line.

It’s hoped that the initiative will steer them away from trouble during the summer months.

The activity is part of Northumbria Police’s Operation Piper, aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour and associated crime during the summer months.

eighbourhood Inspector Ian King said: “As part of Operation Piper we’ve been carrying out joint visits to those we know have previously caused harm in their community and who are suspected of being involved in crime or disorder.

“We’ve told them about the operation, that extra patrols are taking place in the community, and explained the impact of being involved in crime or disorder, both on them and their community.

“The vast majority of people living in the area just want to have a safe and enjoyable summer - it’s those intent on causing problems that we are targeting.”

To report anti-social behaviour to police call 101. To report a crime ongoing dial 999.

Residents can also report incidents of anti social behaviour to South Tyneside Council’s anti-social behaviour team on (0191) 424 7999, text ASB and your message to 07786 200 802 or email: asb@southtyneside.gov.uk

Community wardens can also be called on (0191) 420 3713, between 11.30am until 10.30pm.

Noise complaints and environmental issues can be reported to the council’s customer contact centre on (0191) 427 7000.