Revellers could be ordered to leave it out

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POLICE are using direction-to-leave notices to make sure revellers don’t get out of hand in Tynemouth this party season.

Officers are using the notices to prevent boisterous behaviour causing problems for residents and visitors in the village this Christmastime.

Inspector Geoff Cross, of the North Shields neighbourhood policing team, said: “We want to make visitors and residents aware that police do have powers to ban unruly people who are causing anti-social behaviour from a specific area for up to 48 hours.

“If officers are faced with such behaviour, which is frequently caused through people drinking to excess, then they can issue a direction-to-leave notice.

“Officers want to nip any anti-social behaviour in the bud, which means they will intervene at an early stage when they spot problem behaviour occurring.”

The notices are issued on the spot by officers to calm down potentially violent situations by removing troublemakers from the scene.

Those who fail to obey the directions can be arrested and taken to court.

The notices are part of a force-wide campaign urging revellers to stay in control during nights out in a bid to stop drunkenness spiralling into violence.

Insp Cross added: “By encouraging drinkers to moderate their alcohol intake, we aim to encourage people to stay out of trouble.”

Extra officers are also carrying out patrols around pubs and clubs in the village during the party season to reassure customers and support bar staff.

Anyone with concerns about crime or disorder can contact police on 03456 043043 ext 69191.

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