Teenage troublemakers in Hebburn could face Christmas in custody after “pre-arranged fight”

Officers in Hebburn have warned teenagers that anybody involved in anti-social behaviour could face spending their Christmas in custody.

Friday, 13th December 2019, 1:35 pm
Updated Friday, 13th December 2019, 2:41 pm
Members of the Hebburn neighbourhood team, from left, PC Danielle Gamble-Thompson, CSO Maria Byrne and PC Peter McCready. Photo: Northumbria Police

This follows incidents of disorder that were reported around Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7 involving large groups of teenagers on Southport Parade.

Police believe that youths from outside the area had agreed to head there for a “pre-arranged fight.” However, when officers attended, the group left the area.

On Friday, December 13, police confirmed that more patrols are set to be carried out over the weekend.

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A 48-hour dispersal notice is in place across Hebburn New Town from the evening of Friday, December 13.

Officers will remove anyone from the area if they are causing anti-social behaviour issues. Anyone who returns within the dispersal period after being removed will be arrested.

Sergeant Claire Fada, of Northumbria Police, said: “While most young people contribute positively to our communities, we acknowledge that a minority can cause problems for residents.

“We were made aware of pockets of disorder last weekend and an investigation is ongoing into the incidents. We have already identified a number of individuals believed to have been involved and have spoken to some of them, as well as their parents.

“Over the coming days, officers will be making contact with other young people who we suspect were involved in causing anti-social behaviour and increased patrols will be carried out over this weekend to reassure our communities that we take this type of incident seriously.

“We have also delivered inputs at schools this week to remind young people about how their behaviour can have an adverse effect on some of our more vulnerable residents, who can be made to feel anxious or intimidated in their own home.

“My message to the community is simple – we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour, and we are working hand-in-hand with our partners to ensure anybody who brings misery to our communities is dealt with appropriately.

“Anyone who does get involved in disorder and ignores dispersal orders could face criminal action and the prospect of spending some of the festive period in police custody.”

Anybody with any concerns about anti-social behaviour in their area is asked to call police on 101.