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Youths interviewed over anti-social behaviour

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Youths causing anti-social behaviour in Blyth have been targeted in an operation involving Northumberland County Council and Northumbria Police.

In response to the issue, teams from the local authority’s Housing and Public Protection Service and local police officers spoke with several young people from the area, accompanied by their parents, about incidents such as damage to homes and vehicles.

Parts of Blyth have had problems with anti-social behaviour for some time and residents’ concerns have been highlighted through social media, as well as direct contact with the council.

Although some incidents have involved significant numbers of young people, the evidence suggested there was a small core of approximately 20 who were at the centre of this issue.

These individuals were targeted when more than two thirds of the group were interviewed, along with their parents or guardians, by the council’s Community Safety Team and the police.

Several signed up to Acceptable Behaviour Agreements – a written agreement signed by the individual, their guardian and the authorities – outlining what is expected of them in future.

Further action is planned for those who did not attend.

Coun John Riddle, chairman of the Safer Northumberland Partnership, said: “While clearly this is a small minority of young people causing problems, we are determined to work with our partners to stop this behaviour and improve the quality of life in the area.”

The young people who did attend were also offered the opportunity to work with local Army Reserve Units to divert their activities into positive experiences, while parents were offered support from the council’s Early Help Service.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Neil Hall, from Northumbria Police, said: “The partnership work we do with local councils is incredibly important.

“These types of operations help tackle anti-social behaviour and educate young people around the dangers and consequences of their actions, as well as ensuring the impact on the community is addressed.”