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PCC supports ASB campaign activity

26th April 2017

Northumbria Police will launch a series of disorder disruption days later this week as local neighbourhood officers crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

Over the next few months the Neighbourhood Policing Team covering Houghton, Hetton and Easington Lane will carry out disorder disruption days where the whole team will spend their shift dedicated to targeting youth disorder.

This Thursday (April 27) will see the first disruption day take place in Fencehouses.

The team will be on duty from 2pm until 11pm and for the duration of their shift will be on patrol throughout the village to help tackle youth disorder.

Officers on patrol will be stopping and speaking to young people, in particular those gathering in large groups, to make sure their behaviour doesn’t get out of control. Those whose behaviour causes concern will be taken home by officers and spoken to in front of their parents or guardian.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Simon Marshall said: “As the nights start to get lighter we know young people will be out and about more as they meet up with their friends in the evenings and we don’t want to put a stop to this. Our main concern is when what starts as a few friends meeting up turns into anti-social behaviour or a large group gathering which can quickly escalate into disorder.

“We know the effect this can have on the local community and while for a lot of people it is annoying for some people, particularly those who are more vulnerable, it can be incredibly intimidating.”

Police are also asking the local community to get involved and suggest areas for future disorder disruption days.

Sgt Marshall added: “Information we receive from members of the public is absolutely crucial, it is only by knowing where the issues are that we can do something about them. If any local residents in Houghton, Hetton or Easington Lane would like their area to be the focus of one of our disorder disruption days then we want to hear from them.”

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird DBE QC, said: “Activity such as this demonstrates that when an issue is raised, police and partners will listen and come together to take action and reduce the impact it has on the local neighbourhood. We want local people to feel confident to speak to officers about unwelcome behaviour in their areas. I will ensure that tackling ASB and disorder will remain a priority for Northumbria Police and residents can be assured that officers will continue to crack down on those causing trouble.”

To pass on information about youth disorder in Houghton, Hetton and Easington Lane, including those responsible, ring 101 and ask to speak to Houghton NPT or email the team at