Campaign launched to tackle anti social behaviour

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A NEW campaign to tackle anti-social behaviour has been launched by police.

The phased initiative will begin over the summer months urging people to think about how their actions affect others, as well as explaining what ASB is and how to report it.

The campaign will highlight the positive work being carried out by police and partners to make a difference in local communities.

Sue Sim, chief constable of Northumbria Police, said: “We know that anti-social behaviour is an issue which, if not properly tackled, can cause distress. This is why we are taking it seriously, working closely with local authorities and other partners to deal with it effectively.

“Officers will be out on patrol and will be speaking to people about the effect their behaviour can have on others in their community. We will also continue to take action where necessary.”

The campaign focuses on promoting understanding of anti-social behaviour by all parts of the community.

As part of the campaign, police and partners are promoting the activities available to young people over the school holidays.

In Northumberland, officers will look to tackle anti-social behaviour and underage drinking as part of the Ashington Safer Summer Scheme.

Launched later this month, it will involve increased police patrols and a zero tolerance approach to all anti-social behaviour.

Ashington Neighbourhood Inspector Barrie Joisce said: “We know it’s only the minority of people causing anti-social behaviour, however, we continue to address concerns raised by residents.

“We’ll be responding to those concerns over the coming months using a range of tactics such as increased patrols, housing referrals, Acceptable Behaviour Agreements and working with licensees to prevent the sale of alcohol to those underage.

“We hope our actions make a safer Ashington for all as well as promoting the forcewide campaign to think of others by putting yourself in their shoes.”