Police action in response to youth disorder

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Police have been increasing patrols in the Blyth area in recent days and have made a number of arrests following an increase in anti-social behaviour.

This action is in response to quite a few calls from residents following incidents such as disorder and criminal damage to a car.

Officers have been liaising with partner agencies and have identified a number of youths who have been involved in these incidents.

Neighbourhood Inspector Garry Neill said: “We don’t tolerate incidents of this nature happening in our town and we have been taking action to address this. Officers have been speaking to residents and partners to get a full picture of what has been happening and what we can do to tackle it.

“Over recent days, we have arrested 19 people suspected of taking part in these incidents and have taken appropriate action.

“This has included one male youth who has been charged with breaching a restraining order, a public order offence and criminal damage to a car.

“In some cases, individuals have also been banned from visiting shops in the area where there have been incidents reported.”

“We have carried out a number of home visits with staff from Homes for Northumberland and the Community Safety Team from Northumberland County Council and we have been working with the Youth Offending Team and have made a number of referrals to them and other partners to look at longer term solutions to the issue.”

Anyone with concerns about crime or anti-social behaviour where they live should call their neighbourhood policing team on 101.