A rise in anti-social behaviour has also been seen at ‘beauty spots’ around South Tyneside as the coronavirus lockdown has been eased.
The issues were highlighted in a report to the East Shields and Whitburn Community Area Forum (CAF), which met last night (Thursday, July 23) by videolink, with the broadcast via YouTube.
According to Northumbria Police, enforcing COVID-19 restrictions has been a ‘very challenging time’.
Issues highlighted in the report also included:
Burglaries of 12 homes within the CAF area Reports of ‘males begging and drinking in Westoe Crown’ A ‘pattern’ of elderly people being targeted in Whitburn, with a potential suspect identified Investigations into ‘possible drug dealing in Cornthwaite Park’ Damage to hand sanitiser dispensers at the Nook shops, in South Shields