News Release

Police respond to residents' concerns

Dated: 05 Feb 2012

Police have been tackling residents' concerns around anti-social behaviour and drug-related issues on a South Shields estate.

People living on the Woodbine Estate had raised concerns to officers around disorder and possible drug taking, particularly in the Anderson Street underpass.

In response to this, the Neighbourhood Policing Team mounted an operation over a weekend to tackle the issue.

On the first night and within the first hour, officers stopped four youths, one of whom was taken to the police station and subject to a search where cannabis was found. He was charged and appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court.

All the youths stopped were also warned that if the underpass is used for any illegal activity officers will take action.

As a result, no youths have been seen gathering in the underpass over the past few weeks.

Neighbourhood Inspector Peter Sutton said: "I hope this sends out a positive message to the community that we will always use all methods possible to crack down on disorder and drug use.

"It should also come as reassurance to those residents that raised the issue with us that we do take on board all concerns, seek ways to tackle them, plus look for long term solutions with our partners so that they don't reoccur.

"I'd like to thank residents for their information as this allowed us to direct our resources to an area where they were needed most.

"I'd urge people to continue to contact their local Neighbourhood Policing Team so that we can continue to work together to drive down crime in our neighbourhoods."

People can contact their local Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101, extension 69191 or via the Northumbria Police website:

http://www.northumbria.police.uk/your_neighbourhood/south_tyneside/west_shields_and_riverside/