Revealed: The 23 worst anti-social behaviour hotspots in South Shields

It might not be the most serious crime, but anti-social behaviour on our streets is one of the things that prompts most calls to the police.

Monday, 16th April 2018, 9:23 am
Updated Monday, 16th April 2018, 12:36 pm

These figures, from the police.co.uk website, are for February 2018 - the most recent period for which data is available.

They show that there were 190 offences of anti-social behaviour recorded in the West Shields and Riverside area, and another 80 in East Shields, Cleadon and Whitburn.

Illegal motorbikes are just one example of anti-social behaviour which police are called to deal with.

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Anti-social behaviour covers a wide range of unacceptable activity that causes harm to an individual, their community, or their environment.

This could be an action by someone else that leaves you feeling alarmed, harassed or distressed.

It also includes fear of crime or concern for public safety, public disorder or public nuisance.

Examples of anti-social behaviour include:

Streets near pubs, nightclubs, shops and hospitals are some of the places police are called to most often due to reports of anti-social behaviour.

• Nuisance, rowdy or inconsiderate neighbours.

• Vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting.

• Street drinking.

• Environmental damage including littering, dumping of rubbish and abandonment of cars.

Youths hanging around in groups, causing disturbance to neighbours, is a common example of anti-social behaviour.

• Prostitution related activity.

• Begging and vagrancy.

• Fireworks misuse.

• Inconsiderate or inappropriate use of vehicles.

Is anti-social behaviour a problem where you live?

The police, local authorities and other community safety partner agencies, such as fire and rescue and social housing landlords, all have a responsibility to deal with anti-social behaviour and to help people who are suffering from it.

If you are experiencing problems with anti-social behaviour, or have any concerns about it, or other community safety issues, you should contact your local council or call the non-emergency number, 101. In an emergency, call 999.

Chief Inspector Sam Rennison, of Northumbria Police, said: “Our police teams across Sunderland and South Shields are committed to making sure the region is a safe place for our communities.

“Anti-social behaviour is something we take very seriously, and if patterns emerge, bespoke plans are put together to deal with it.

“We’ve run a number of successful operations in partnership with local authorities over the past month to combat anti-social behaviour.

“The results, depending on the gravity of the offences, have ranged from letters being sent to parents, joint visits to the homes of those involved by police and our local partners, and arrest.

Chief Inspector Sam Rennison said police are very aware of the affect anti-social behaviour can have on people's lives.

“We know this a very serious issue for those who live and work in our region. If our communities are feeling it, we feel it – and as the nights get lighter, offenders will look to take advantage of people enjoying the weather.

“I want to reassure that officers and staff are working hard to proactively target these opportunist criminals.

“Our advice is always to remain vigilant. Do not leave valuables on show, and if you are enjoying the sunshine in the back garden, make sure doors and windows are locked.

“Our Neighbourhood Teams have launched a number of operations to ensure residents receive the best crime prevention advice, and have also carried out a lot of work to target motorbike disorder.

“We use CCTV and local intelligence to identify illegal riders, with tenancy action and criminal proceedings pursued when appropriate.

“We will continue to work together to make Sunderland and South Shields a better place to live, where people do not feel scared or intimidated by anti-social behaviour while carrying out their everyday lives.”

Bainbridge Avenue, South Shields. Three recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Clive Street, South Shields. Three recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Falcon Way, South Shields. Four recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
George Scott Street, South Shields. Four recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Ocean Road, near nightclub. Three recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Hogarth Road, South Shields. Four recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Holder House Way, South Shields. Three recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Hudson Street, South Shields. Three recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
John Reid Road, South Shields. Four recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Kirkley Avenue, South Shields. Three recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Lapwing Court, South Shields. Four recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Boldon Lane, South Shields, near supermarket. Six recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Lumley Avenue, South Shields. Three recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Masefield Drive, South Shields. Three recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
McAnany Avenue, South Shields. Three recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Ocean Road, South Shields, near nightclub. Five recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Smithy Street, South Shields. Six recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
South Woodbine Street, South Shields. Three recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
South Tyneside District Hospital, South Shields. Six recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Temple Street, South Shields. Three recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Tudor Road, South Shields. Three recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Wharton Street, South Shields. Four recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Whistler Gardens, South Shields. Eleven recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Illegal motorbikes are just one example of anti-social behaviour which police are called to deal with.
Streets near pubs, nightclubs, shops and hospitals are some of the places police are called to most often due to reports of anti-social behaviour.
Youths hanging around in groups, causing disturbance to neighbours, is a common example of anti-social behaviour.
Is anti-social behaviour a problem where you live?
Chief Inspector Sam Rennison said police are very aware of the affect anti-social behaviour can have on people's lives.
Bainbridge Avenue, South Shields. Three recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Clive Street, South Shields. Three recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Falcon Way, South Shields. Four recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
George Scott Street, South Shields. Four recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Ocean Road, near nightclub. Three recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Hogarth Road, South Shields. Four recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Holder House Way, South Shields. Three recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Hudson Street, South Shields. Three recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
John Reid Road, South Shields. Four recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Kirkley Avenue, South Shields. Three recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Lapwing Court, South Shields. Four recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Boldon Lane, South Shields, near supermarket. Six recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Lumley Avenue, South Shields. Three recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Masefield Drive, South Shields. Three recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
McAnany Avenue, South Shields. Three recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Ocean Road, South Shields, near nightclub. Five recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Smithy Street, South Shields. Six recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
South Woodbine Street, South Shields. Three recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
South Tyneside District Hospital, South Shields. Six recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Temple Street, South Shields. Three recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Tudor Road, South Shields. Three recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Wharton Street, South Shields. Four recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018
Whistler Gardens, South Shields. Eleven recorded incidents of anti-social behaviour in February 2018