Police launch safe summer campaign

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Police have launched a new campaign to help create a safer summer for people in one south east Northumberland town.

Ashington Safer Summer aims to tackle anti-social behaviour and under age drinking.

There will be increased police patrols and a zero tolerance approach taken on all forms of anti-social behaviour.

Referrals will be made to housing providers for those caught committing anti-social behaviour which could result in eviction proceedings, while young offenders will be referred to social services.

Officers will be liaising with off-licenses to remind them of their responsibilities on the sale of alcohol, but also to look for the signs of proxy buying where adults purchase a large quantity of alcohol to pass on to waiting youths.

Local councillors will be involved in the launch of the scheme, which also involves partners and Northumbria Police cadets.

The initiative forms part of ‘Report it to Sort it’, a police campaign tackling anti-social behaviour and urging people to think about how their actions can affect others.

Ashington Neighbourhood Inspector Barrie Joisce said: “We want these young people to understand how they may be perceived by putting themselves in other people’s shoes and to encourage them to become involved in more planned activities over the summer months.

“By working together, we can make Ashington a safe place to live, work and visit.”