Police have used new powers to curb anti-social behaviour and disorder in Blyth.
In recent weeks a number of reports have been received by police of businesses and individuals being targeted by youths in the town centre.
Incidents have included eggs being thrown at shops and abuse being shouted at people in the street.
In response to the problem, police have issued four dispersal orders to girls involved.
The orders, made possible through the introduction of the Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB), Crime and Policing Act 2014 launched last month, direct a person to leave an area for up to 48-hours. If it’s breached, the person subject to the order faces arrest.
Blyth Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Simpson said: “We know anti-social behaviour is an issue that causes most concern in our neighbourhoods.
“We have taken recent reports from residents and we hope they’re reassured by this action we’ve taken.
“It’s important we simply just don’t move groups on and displace the problem, instead we’re dealing with incidents head on and helping to prevent reoccurrence.”
Anyone who has concerns about anti-social behaviour should call police on 101.