Getting a grip on anti social issue

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An initiative is underway in Blyth to tackle issues with anti-social behaviour.

Operation Lasso was introduced ahead of Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night to crackdown on anti-social incidents and criminal damage, including thefts of wheelie bins.

Increased patrols are operating in hot spot areas supported by the force’s Mounted Section while warning letters are being delivered to people known to be associated with firework disorder to let them know officers are watching them and action will be taken.

Blyth Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Harris said: “Experience shows that the darker nights and Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night bring with it an increase in anti-social and inconsiderate behaviour.

“What may seem like fun to some people can cause worry to more vulnerable people.

“With this in mind, we will be carrying out extra patrols to target those involved in any behaviour of this nature and stop incidents before they start, plus provide reassurance to people living in the area.”