Police take action to move youths on

The Brockwell Centre at Cramlington.'REF 2210146849
The Brockwell Centre at Cramlington.'REF 2210146849

Youths have been moved on by police from two areas in Cramlington following complaints from nearby residents.

Since September there has been an increase in reports to police of young people hanging around and causing problems at the Brockwell Centre and Northburn Park areas of the town on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Now patrols have been stepped up in a bid to tackle the problem of anti-social behaviour.

Officers have been running an operation aimed at tackling the problems, carrying out high visibility patrols in the area at key times, and speaking to youths found hanging around before moving them on.

Anyone found drinking has had alcohol seized and their parents contacted and made aware of the situation.

Officers have also been carrying out regular visits to the retail premises in the area where they have been speaking to staff and reminding them of their licensing conditions.

Neighbourhood Inspector David Morrison said: “Anti-social behaviour is an important issue for the local community and it’s one of our priorities.

“Problems like youngsters hanging around and drinking can have a big impact on an area and it’s vital that we respond and take action to resolve the issues.

“We’ve been carrying out extra patrols to deter troublemakers and have seized alcohol from youngsters.

“A £90 fixed penalty notice was given to an adult who bought alcohol for a child at the Brockwell Centre.

“This should act as a warning to those who purchase alcohol for children that they face action.

“We’ve had a really positive response from local people to the work we’ve done so far and we will continue with this action for the remainder of the year.”

To report anti-social behaviour contact the local policing team on 101 ext 69191.