Alcohol is seized after operation

Police have seized alcohol during an operation to tackle anti-social behaviour in Bedlington.

Officers from the neighbourhood policing team seized alcohol in response to community concerns.

It was put in place after concerns were raised by local residents about large groups of youths congregating and drinking alcohol at Gallagher Park, Humford Woods and Furnace Bank.

The areas were patrolled on a Friday night, where a bottle of whisky, five bottles of cider andmore than 65 cans of lager and cider were taken.

Twelve juveniles received warnings for having alcohol in a public place, while 18 anti-social behaviour warning letters were sent to home addresses.

Bedlington Neighbourhood Sergeant Michael Kelliher said: “The operation was carried out in direct response to concerns from local residents about large groups drinking and causing disorder in the area.

“The vast majority of youngsters are well behaved, but operations such as this are aimed at those causing issues for local residents.”

“Consuming alcohol puts youngsters at risk of either committing and becoming the victim of a crime, as well as the health implications, and it’s important they are educated about the impact their behaviour has on them and others.”