Pledge to take action on anti-social behaviour in South Shields neighbourhood as vandals 'create havoc'
South Shields families are “angry, fed up and scared” as anti-social behaviour continues to leave its mark on the community where they live.
Residents of Biddick Hall have taken to social media to complain about youths who are “creating havoc” in the area – and in the impact it is having on those who call the neighbourhood their home.
Northumbria Police has reiterated its commitment to tackling anti-social behaviour across its entire force area, as well as issuing a stark warning to those who take part in such actions.
Sergeant John Bailey has reassured residents that reports of such incidents are taken “incredibly seriously” – and that their work to bring such offenders to justice takes place year-round.
“It may only be a minority of individuals who get involved in anti-social behaviour, but we recognise their actions can have a significant effect on some residents who can be made to feel intimidated or frightened in their own home,” he said.
“As a result, we take reports of anti-social behaviour incredibly seriously and are proactive in our approach in identifying hotspots and individuals thought to be involved, and taking robust action against them.”
One resident, who has lived in Biddick Hall since 2003, spoke to the Gazette about how the behaviour of such minorities is affecting day-to-day life on the estate.
The man, who wished to remain anonymous, said people are “creating havoc” through banging on windows, throwing mud and damaging people’s property.
He added: “I think I can speak for most people in saying every resident on Biddick is fed up with this gang going around intimidating people, old and young.”
Police were called on Monday, November 25 following complaints that a group of youths were “acting aggressively” in the area.
Earlier in November, the force also confirmed it was investigating damage to a property’s fence on the estate.
Video of the latter incident was shared widely on social media, and condemned by those living nearby.
The Biddick Hall resident who spoke to the Gazette said the estate has a “good mix” of people – and that 99% of them are law-abiding and good.
But recent incidents have led to calls for more to be done to stamp out the troubled behaviour from a small number of criminals.
Sgt Bailey added: “We run a number of dedicated operations to tackle anti-social behaviour throughout the year and work closely with local schools and our partners to ensure our message is being heard.
“Officers carry out patrols every single day to take action against those making life a misery for others, and we will continue to do so over the coming weeks as we countdown to Christmas.
“We would always encourage anybody who is concerned about anti-social behaviour in their area to speak to an officer or call 101.”