A joint seaside operation has been launched to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour at the coast.
Operation Coastwatch involves Northumbria Police’s neighbourhood officers, North Tyneside Council, RNLI lifeguards, Coastguard and the Street Pastors team to keep residents and visitors safe at the seaside.
We have ran this operation in previous years and have found this joint approach to be beneficial in preventing problem behaviourActing Sergeant Terry Rendles
The operation, which includes extra police patrols along the seafront in Whitley Bay and Cullercoats, runs between now and September 6.
Acting Sergeant Terry Rendles, from Whitley Bay neighbourhood policing team, said: “We want families and friends to come along and enjoy the beaches and amenities in our area and have a great time, not to be concerned about anti-social behaviour (ASB).
“To help prevent these issues we are working closely with our partners including the lifeguards. They have radios and can quickly contact the police if they have any problems they need to tell us about.
“We know most people who visit do so to enjoy the lovely coastline and have a great day out. We want to make it clear to the minority who come here and may be considered causing crime or ASB that they are not welcome here.
“We have run this operation in previous years and have found this joint approach to be beneficial in preventing problem behaviour.”
Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “I am delighted to support this initiative, which is another great example of how partners are working together with the local community to ensure we keep the coastal area as a great place to live, work and visit.
“This scheme will complement the efforts of the seasonal team of beach wardens who will be returning from June until mid September.”
RNLI lifeguard manager, Carl Harris, said: “Our charity’s lifeguard patrols are there to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable visit to the coast.”
“We look forward to supporting Operation Coastwatch and it’s great to know that the partnership will provide extra peace of mind to beach users.”
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said: “Tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB) in all its forms is an absolute priority for me.
“I support this operation which sees officers work alongside partners to keep residents and visitors safe when spending time at our wonderful coastline in Whitley Bay and Cullercoats.
“With the weather warming up, these areas will undoubtedly attract visitors both from the area and much further afield.
“We want our seaside to leave a lasting impression with people for the right reasons, not because they have witnessed ASB.
“I will also ensure our officers take a strong stance against the minority who are intent on spoiling the area for those who simply want to enjoy it.”
Anyone with concerns about crime and disorder where they live are asked to contact their neighbourhood policing team on 101 extension 69191.