POLICE can now send people packing if they prove a menace in popular South Shields spots.
Northumbria Police has been granted a dispersal order for Ocean Road, King Street, the Parade and the Marine Park.
We’re just asking people to be mindful of the affect their behaviour could have on other people – what may seem like harmless fun could be intimidating or cause distress and anguish.
It comes after an increase in reports of antisocial behaviour in those areas, particularly over the Easter holidays.
Officers are carrying out regular patrols and police chiefs have promised they will use the new powers if needed.
Neighbourhood Inspector John Smith said: “It’s great for people to be able to enjoy the attractions that South Shields has to offer around the seafront and we don’t want to spoil people’s Easter break or be a killjoy on them having a good time.
“However, we have received a number of concerns around anti-social behaviour and we’re just asking people to be mindful of the affect their behaviour could have on other people – what may seem like harmless fun could be intimidating or cause distress and anguish to some members of the community.
“I want to reassure those members of the community who are concerned that we are taking steps to address their concerns and also remind those who may be involved in anti-social behaviour that it won’t be tolerated. A dispersal order is in place meaning those who are involved in creating a nuisance will be asked to move and if necessary further action will be taken against them.”
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has said tackling antisocial is one of her top priorities.
She said: “I want people to know the issues they raise with myself or with police are being listened to and that something is being done about them.
“Dealing with anti-social behaviour is something I’m committed to as I want people across our force area to live peaceful lives whether they’re residents, visitors or work there.
“I hope the communities of South Shields are reassured by the these regular patrols which show we are doing what we can to tackle anti-social behaviour and taking their concerns on board.
“Officers have also gone a step further by being able to remove people committing anti-social behaviour using the dispersal order. I hope this makes a real difference to the area.”
•To report concerns around anti-social behaviour ring 101 ext 69191.