Cracking down on anti-social ringleaders

News from Northumbria Police
News from Northumbria Police

Police say they are cracking down on people who cause anti-social behaviour issues in Blyth.

Northumbria Police have been dealing with reports of large groups of young people causing issues in the town.

And now officers have responded by identifying the main offenders and engaging with partnership agencies to take steps to address it.

The team has introduced a raft of measures to tackle the issues, including making visits to parents and warning them they are putting their tenancies at risk.

Neighbourhood Inspector Garry Neill said: “We want to take a long term approach to solving these problems.

“To do so we’ve issued a number of warning letters from tenancy providers to parents of the youths involved, delivered in person by police and tenancy services.

“Two families, whose four children have been responsible for much of the anti-social activities, have been served notices from the respective landlords to evict them from their homes.

“Evicting families is very much a last resort and when this occurs it is because we and our partners have exhausted other attempts to change behaviour which have not led to the improvements needed.

“We know that anti-social behaviour is an issue that our communities are concerned about and we want to reassure local people that we will continue to work with housing providers as well as the local authority, local schools, the fire service and youth offending teams to ensure this problem is tackled properly.”

Other activities carried out have included:

• One adult who was identified as a ringleader has been convicted at court and given a rehabilitation activity requirement, which prevents him going in to the area where he caused crime and disorder.

• As part of youth conditional cautions issued, offenders are carrying out reparation work, putting something back into their community where the anti-social behaviour was committed.

• Charges have been brought against a number of youths for crimes including arson, criminal damage, assault and public order offences. Many of the young offenders have since been introduced to the Youth Justice System and referred to children services to reduce the chances of the young person coming in to police contact again.

Inspector Neill added: “We’re delighted with the outcomes achieved so far but it’s now imperative that we build on this work and continue to look for ways to improve the Blyth area even further.

“We are also keen to hear from local people and understand their concerns.

“If you are out and about in the area and see us on patrol, come and speak to us.

“We want to know what is happening in this community and what we can do to stamp out anti-social behaviour.”

Anyone who wants to report anti-social behaviour, or has information about the individuals involved in the disorder in the Blyth area, should contact the Blyth Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101.