Incidents decline as partnership tackles disorder in towns

WORK is continuing to drive down problems of youth anti-social behaviour in two towns.

Partnership work between Northumbria Police, Northumberland County Council and other agencies has resulted in the number of incidents in Blyth dropping by five per cent and by 12 per cent in Cramlington.

Officers have been carrying out a range of measures to tackle problems including drinking, disorder and groups of young people gathering and being loud and rowdy.

Measures include visiting schools and speaking directly to pupils about anti-social behaviour; carrying out dedicated night time patrols and operations in hotspot areas where youths are known to hang around; and working with partners to adopt a three-tier approach when dealing with a youngster responsible for anti-social behaviour.

Any young person found causing problems is taken home with their parents being given a letter. A second offence results in a more serious letter while a third incident will see officers have meetings with the parents and partner organisations.

Blyth Neighbourhood Sergeant Garry Neill said: “We fully understand the impact anti-social behaviour can have on people and that’s why tackling it is one of our highest priorities.

“We deal with it in a number of ways and by working with partner organisations we are getting the best results.

“Working alongside the local authority and other agencies allows us to reach young people and their families a lot better.

“The work we’re putting in seems to be paying off with noted drops in anti-social behaviour in both Blyth and Cramlington and the officers out on the ground are getting positive feedback from residents.”

Coun Anita Romer, the council’s executive member with responsibility for public protection, said: “The Safer Northumberland Partnership’s comprehensive approach to tackling anti-social behaviour involving schools, local groups, young people and their parents is clearly working in Cramlington and Blyth.

“These figures, as well as the positive feedback from local people, are very encouraging and the police and county council’s community safety officers should be congratulated for the progress they have made so far.”