Patrols are stepped up at parkland

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Officers are stepping up patrols to deal with anti-social behaviour in and around a county park.

Residents and visitors to the parkland have raised concerns about rowdy behaviour in Plessey Woods in Blyth, people riding motorcycles and quad bikes, abusive language and general issues of anti social behaviour.

Bedlington Neighbourhood Inspector Trevor Oakley, said: “Plessey Woods is a lovely parkland for people to enjoy and we don’t want the problem behaviour of a few people spoiling the enjoyment for the vast majority of visitors, which is why we want to nip the problem in the bud.

“We know anti-social behaviour causes concern to local people which can seriously affect their quality of life. We know youths and other people have been gathering in Plessey Woods in Bedlington and causing anti-social behaviour and disorder.

“We’ve had number of calls from people concerned about off-road motorbikes and quad bikes being ridden in the area over recent weeks. Their behaviour has been causing a disturbance to residents and visitors, who were also worried about their safety, and distress to dog walkers and horse riders who regularly use the area.”

People can contact police on 101, extension 69191 or via the Northumbria Police website, www.northumbria.police.uk